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Welcome to Tony Sam's Word of the Day Podcast! You may think you know what words mean, but YOU DON'T! Lucky for you, Tony Sam DOES. Tony Sam graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard School of Law and has been fascinated with the evolution of the English language as far back as he can remember. Currently serving as a Judge in the 23rd Circuit Court of Illinois, he finds time to learn more about words whenever he’s not walking his prized Labrador, Marshall. His other accolades include gradua ...
 
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Imprimatur is a noun that refers to a person’s acceptance or guarantee that something is of a good standard. The Latin verb imprimere (Im pre MEER ay) means ‘to print.’ The Roman Catholic has historically printed an ecclesiastical and religious books as a means of given their approval to them. Since entering the English language in the mid 17th cen…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 25, 2022 is: benevolent • \buh-NEV-uh-lunt\ • adjective Benevolent means "kind and generous," or less commonly, "organized for the purpose of doing good." // The event's reception was courtesy of a benevolent anonymous donor. // They belong to several benevolent societies and charitable organizations. See t…
 
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Countervail is a verb that means to offset the effect of something. The Latin phrase contra Valere (CONE tra vah LARE ay) means ‘be of worth against.’ When we countervail something, we create an equal weight. Here’s an example: My attempt to countervail all the awful music my students listened to by playing opera in the classroom was not met with o…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 24, 2022 is: dander • \DAN-der\ • noun Dander is a synonym of dandruff and is also used to refer to anger or temper, especially in the phrase "get someone's dander up." // Some people are allergic to pet dander. // The customer's disrespectful attitude got the waitstaff's dander up. See the entry > Examples…
 
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Ubiety is a noun that refers to the quality or state of being in a place. The Latin word ubi (OOH bee) means ‘where’ and the suffix I-E-T-Y means ‘city.’ When combined, we get a word for the state of being in a definite location. Carl’s ubiety is not known for certain. But we know him well enough to know that whatever his location is, there must be…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 23, 2022 is: mercurial • \mer-KYUR-ee-ul\ • adjective Mercurial means "changing often" or "characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood." It can also mean "having qualities of eloquence, ingenuity, or thievishness attributed to the god Mercury or to the influence of the planet Mercury." /…
 
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Oligopoly is a state of limited competition. The root word of oligopoly, oligarch means a very rich business leader with a great deal of political influence. It comes from a Greek combination of words that mean ‘few’ and ‘to rule.’ When a condition in which few people rule has been reached, it can be called an oligopoly. Here’s an example: Tracy th…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 22, 2022 is: galumph • \guh-LUMF\ • verb Galumph means "to move with a clumsy heavy tread." // After long days at his landscaping job, their teenage son galumphs into the house and flings himself onto the couch, sighing heavily. See the entry > Examples: "One moment he'd be pitter-pattering…; the next he'd …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2022 is: paradox • \PAIR-uh-dahks\ • noun Paradox refers to a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true. It can also refer to something or someone having seemingly contradictory qualities or phases. // The statement "less is more" is a common paradox. /…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2022 is: ad hoc • \AD-HOCK\ • adjective Ad hoc means "concerned with a particular end or purpose" or "formed or used for specific or immediate problems or needs." // An ad hoc committee was formed to investigate the matter. // There was an unexpected change of plans and ad hoc solutions had to be made. …
 
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Corrigendum is a noun that refers to an error. The origin of corrigendum is in the Latin word corrigere (core ee GARE ay) which means ‘to bring into order’ or ‘to correct.’ As an editor, I often deal with writers who get frustrated when they see a corrigendum that embarrasses them. I always assure them that all writers have things that need be corr…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2022 is: kibosh • \KYE-bosh\ • noun Kibosh refers to something that serves as a check or stop. It is usually used in the phrase "put the kibosh on." // The rain put the kibosh on the Fourth of July fireworks display. See the entry > Examples: "The state Senate last week put the kibosh on up to $60 milli…
 
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Conurbation is a noun that refers to an extended urban area. The Latin prefix C-O-N means ‘together.’ Combined with U-R-B for ‘city,’ we get our word of the day which refers to a place where serval towns are merged into a giant urban area. Having grown up in the conurbation of southern California, I’m accustomed to gigantic urban locations. Living …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 18, 2022 is: indoctrinate • \in-DAHK-truh-nayt\ • verb Indoctrinate means "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs." // The goal of the professor is to teach politics, rather than to indoctrinate student…
 
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