Weekly Vocab Builder: Daily Lexeme

One lovely source of words and word play comes from Ben Schott over at The New York Times. Part of the Schott’s Vocab blog is the “Daily Lexeme” feature, which offers words and their definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary. Collected here are a few of the words Ben has highlighted recently.

  • Alley-oop: “used to encourage or draw attention to the performance of a physical (esp. acrobatic) feat”
  • Nod-crafty: “given to nodding the head with an air of great wisdom”
  • Caitiff: “expressing commiseration: A wretched miserable person, a poor wretch, one in a piteous case”
  • Animant: “having life, living; animated”

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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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