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Word of the Day Archives

A list of the past entries in our "Word of the Day" feature:

20-Oct-17 Onboarding
[on-bawrd-in] Noun

Definition:
The act or process of orienting and training a new employee.

Example:

A good plan for onboarding leads to higher employee engagement and greater retention rates.
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19-Oct-17 Salubrious
suh-LOO-bree-us  [adjective]

Favorable to or promoting health or well-being.

Example:

Homemade chicken soup has salubrious effects when we are fighting seasonal flus.


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18-Oct-17 Interrobang
[in-ter-uh-bang] noun

A printed punctuation mark (‽) designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.

Example:

Adrian used an interrobang to show his exasperation or befuddlement regarding the latest bug in our software.

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17-Oct-17 Disport
[dih-SPORT] Verb


Divert, amuse; display.  To  amuse oneself in light or lively fashion. Frolic

Example:

The picnickers disported themselves merrily on the beach.

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16-Oct-17 Conversant
[kuh n-vur-suh nt]  Adjective

Having knowledge or experience.

Example:
Susan is conversant in several languages.
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13-Oct-17 Fruition
[froo-ISH-un] noun

Pleasurable use or possession : enjoyment.  The state of bearing fruit.  Realization.

Example:

Many brands depend on crowdfunding to bring a concept to fruition.
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12-Oct-17 Glabrous
[GLAY-brus]  Adjective

Smooth; especially having a surface without hairs or projections

Example:

Unlike the fuzzy peach, the nectarine has a glabrous skin.
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11-Oct-17 Rubenesque
[roo-buh-nesk]   Adjective

Plump or rounded usually in a pleasing or attractive way.

Example:

The latest trend in fashion magazines is the use of rubenesque models draped in plus size clothing.

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10-Oct-17 Boisterous
[boi-ster-uh s] Adjective

Rough and noisy; rowdy; clamorous; unrestrained.
the sound of boisterous laughter.

Example:

The fans at the baseball game became particularly boisterous after the home run.

Credit: Merriam Webster
09-Oct-17 Elan
[ay-LAHN]  Noun

Vigorous spirit or enthusiasm

Example:

Jeremy told the story of his trip to Mexico with such élan that we all wanted to go there as well.

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06-Oct-17 Loathe
[lohth] Verb

To dislike greatly and often with disgust or intolerance; detest.

Example:

He loathed being tied to his desk and therefore was looking for an alternate way to make a living.


Credit: Merriam Webster
05-Oct-17 Axiom
[ax·i·om] Noun

A statement accepted as true as the basis for argument or inference.

Example:

Many people believe the axiom that "people cannot change", and thus have little faith in humanity.
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04-Oct-17 Regimen
[REJ-uh-mun] Noun

A systematic plan (as of diet, therapy, or medication) especially when designed to improve and maintain health.

Example:

Sherry's personal trainer started her on a workout regimen of 30 minutes on the treadmill followed by 30 minutes of weight training.
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03-Oct-17 Insidious
[in·sid·i·ous]  Adjective

Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner: insidious rumors; an insidious disease.

Example:

The committee resented Susan whose insidious manner was always trying to undermine the good they were trying to accomplish.
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02-Oct-17 Coulrophobia
[kool-ruh-foh-bee-uh] noun

An abnormal fear of clowns.

Example:

Symptoms of coulrophobia, the fear of clowns, can include sweating, nausea, feelings of dread, fast heartbeat, crying or screaming, and anger at being placed in a situation where a clown is present.
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29-Sep-17 Ballistic
[bal·lis·tic] Adjective

Relating to the science of the motion of projectiles in flight.
Extremely and usually suddenly excited, upset, or angry.

Example:

Joe went ballistic when he saw the dent in his car.
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28-Sep-17 Inexpedient
ˌ[i-nik-ˈspē-dē-ənt] Adjective

Impractical or unwise.

Example:

It is inexpedient to spend money on entertainment when you barely have enough money to pay your rent.
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27-Sep-17 Microcosm
[MY-kruh-kah-zum] Noun

A little world; especially : the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe.

Example:

Toronto airport seems like a microcosm of the globe with people arriving and leaving from all over the world.
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26-Sep-17 Tetchy
[TETCH-ee]  Adjective

Irritably or peevishly sensitive : touchy.

Example:

Lack of sleep and being hungry are two things which make me tetchy.
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25-Sep-17 Penchant
[PEN-chunt] Noun

A strong and continued inclination; broadly : liking.

Example:

Susan had a penchant for adventure and often traveled to far away places.
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22-Sep-17 Inalienable
[in-AY-lee-uh-nuh-bul]

Incapable of being alienated, surrendered, or transferred.

Example:

As Canadians we have an inalienable right to openness, respect, compassion, equality and justice.
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21-Sep-17 Ludic
[LOO-dik]  Adjective

Of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful

Example:

Mo Willem's Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus is a ludic tale about a pigeon who gets into mischief.
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20-Sep-17 Edacious
[ih-DAY-shus] Adjective

Having a huge appetite; ravenous.
Excessively eager; insatiable.

Example:

My edacious reading habits had often lead me into not getting enough sleep at night.
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19-Sep-17 Akimbo
[uh-KIM-boh] Adjective or Adverb

Having the hand on the hip and the elbow turned outward.

Example:
Mother often stood akimbo when we would ask to borrow her car.
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18-Sep-17 Diminution
[dim-uh-NOO-shun] Noun

The act, process, or an instance of becoming gradually less (as in size or importance)

Example:

The diminution of the library's number of physical books is due to more electronic resources becoming available.
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15-Sep-17 Plausible
[PLAW-zuh-bul ]  Adjective

Seemingly fair, reasonable, or valuable.
Superficially pleasing or persuasive.

Example:
"The dog ate my homework" is not a plausible excuse for handing in late assignments.

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14-Sep-17 Implode
[im-ˈplōd]  Verb

To collapse inward in a very sudden and violent way.

Example:
◾He warns that the nation's economy is about to implode under the weight of its debt.
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13-Sep-17 Refurbish
[re·fur·bish] Verb

To brighten or freshen up.
To repair and make improvements to.

Example:
They were working hard to refurbish the hundred year old house.
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12-Sep-17 Yawp
[YAWP] Verb

To make a raucous noise : squawk. Clamor, complain.


Example:
I was awoken early by a yawp outside my windows where a crow was squawking loudly.
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11-Sep-17 Autistic Savant
Noun

A person affected with autism who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (such as mathematics or music)

Definition:

My autistic nephew was an autistic savant when it came to makes and models of automobiles.
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