Weekly Vocab Builder

Improve your writing by increasing your vocabulary. This week’s list:

  • Nurturance: going beyond nurturing, the nourishment and emotional and physical care of someone.
  • Acrostic: a poem in which the first letter of the first word in every line spells out a word when taken together. For example:
    Elizabeth it is in vain you say
    Love not” — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
    In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
    Zantippe’s talents had enforced so well:
    Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
    Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
    Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
    To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
    His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.
                                               —”An Acrostic” by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Decision engine: Microsoft’s marketing term for search engine.
  • Favicon: the small icon in a browser’s address bar particular to a site.
  • More weight: Giles Corey utter these words during the Salem Witch Trials.

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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