Vocab Builder: What’s Your Word of the Day?

One great way to learn new words is through one of the Word of the Day lists that abound online. Oxford English Dictionary offers one, as does Merriam-Webster, Dictionary.com, and Visual Thesaurus. You can visit the site, have the word e-mailed to you, or sign up for the RSS feed. You can even get them through Twitter (you can get them through me this way). This week’s words all come from Dictionary.com, as do the definitions.

  • Subtilize: to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning
  • Gizmo: a mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown
  • Bijou: something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought
  • Yaw: to move unsteadily; weave
  • Haptic: relating to the sense of touch; tactile

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  • indemnity: security against damage or loss
  • amok: in or into a jumbled or confused state
  • rococo: ornate or florid in speech, writing, or style
  • zephyr: a gentle, mild breeze
  • tantivy: swift; rapid

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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