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