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Word Matters is a show for readers, writers, and anyone who ever loved their English class. Join Merriam-Webster editors as they challenge supposed grammar rules, reveal the surprising origins behind words, tackle common questions, and generally geek out about the beautiful nightmare that is language.
 
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 14, 2021 is: deride • \dih-RYDE\ • verb 1 : to laugh at or insult contemptuously 2 : to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule or criticism : to express a lack of respect or approval of Examples: Although derided by classmates for his cocksure insistence that he would be a millionaire by the ag…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 13, 2021 is: titanic • \tye-TAN-ik\ • adjective : having great magnitude, force, or power : colossal Examples: "A supernova occurs when a massive star in the bright disk of the galaxy runs out of fuel at the end of its life. With no 'fire' in its belly to beat back gravity's inexorable pull, the star implo…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 12, 2021 is: virtuoso • \ver-choo-OH-soh\ • noun 1 : one who excels in the technique of an art; especially : a highly skilled musical performer (as on the violin) 2 : an experimenter or investigator especially in the arts and sciences : savant 3 : one skilled in or having a taste for the fine arts 4 : a pe…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 11, 2021 is: poignant • \POY-nyunt\ • adjective 1 a : painfully affecting the feelings : piercing b : deeply affecting : touching c : designed to make an impression : cutting 2 a : pleasurably stimulating b : being to the point : apt 3 : pungently pervasive Examples: "Across Texas and the U.S. this year, h…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 10, 2021 is: majuscule • \MAJ-uh-skyool\ • noun : a large letter (such as a capital) Examples: "At least the random emphatic majuscules on blogs are uncommon enough to make a rhetorical impression, though perhaps one not quite worthy of Serious Journalism." — Katy Waldman, Slate, 25 Aug. 2016 "It is the na…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 9, 2021 is: enjoin • \in-JOIN\ • verb 1 : to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition 2 a : forbid, prohibit b : to prohibit by a judicial order : put an injunction on Examples: "And yet, to satisfy this good old man, / I would bend under any heavy weight/ That he'll enjoin me to."…
 
Is a simple task "doable," or would you consider it "feasible"? Is it different to "buy" something than it is to "purchase" it? Is this description "readable" or merely "legible"? This week we're looking at what happens when English pulls words from different roots, but uses them in similar ways. Then, we find out how the 'jay' got into 'jaywalking…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 8, 2021 is: bumptious • \BUMP-shus\ • adjective : presumptuously, obtusely, and often noisily self-assertive : obtrusive Examples: "The brash, bumptious New Yorkers I'd encountered in college had assured me that everything in New York was 'the best.'" — Herbert Buchsbaum, The New York Times, 19 Jan. 2021 "…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 7, 2021 is: solipsism • \SOH-lip-sih-zum\ • noun : a theory holding that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing; also : extreme egocentrism Examples: "The solipsism born of social distancing and months of relative confinement leads me to see everyth…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 6, 2021 is: glean • \GLEEN\ • verb 1 : to gather grain or other produce left by reapers 2 : to gather information or material bit by bit 3 a : to pick up after a reaper b : to strip of the leavings of reapers 4 a : to gather (something, such as information) bit by bit b : to pick over in search of relevant…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for June 5, 2021 is: didactic • \dye-DAK-tik\ • adjective 1 a : designed or intended to teach b : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment 2 : making moral observations Examples: Many of the shows on the channel are didactic, teaching children about such things as the imp…
 
Are we language professionals? Certainly. Does that mean we pronounce every word perfectly? Oh, not even close. Today we'll get into the words that we, the lexicographers, still struggle to say, as well as the joy of learning a word from reading it. Hosted by Emily Brewster, Neil Serven, Ammon Shea, and Peter Sokolowski. Produced in collaboration w…
 
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