Tag Archives: Merriam-Webster

word: saturnine


saturnine 

Definition: (adjective) Showing a brooding ill humor.
Synonyms: glowering, moody, morose, sullen, glum, dour, sour, dark
Usage: Since he had heard of Lilla’s death, the gloom of his remorse had made more hopeless his cruel, selfish, saturnine nature. Discuss.
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WORD: DOODAD


doodad 

Definition: (noun) Something unspecified whose name
is either forgotten or not known.
Synonyms: gizmogubbinsthingamabobthingamajig,
thingummy,whatchamacallitwhatsiswidget,
doohickeydoojiggergimmick
Usage: My twin sister and I have a special bond, so when she asks to borrow my doodad, I know exactly what she is talking about.Discuss.

 

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Merriam-Webster Adds Tweet and Bromance to Lexicon


Merriam-Webster Adds Tweet and Bromance to Lexicon

According to the people at Merriam-Webster, a tweet is no longer just the chirping sound a bird makes, it is also “a post made on the Twitter online message service.” Other words making their debut in the latest edition of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary include “boomerang child,” referring to a “young adult who returns to live at his or her family home, especially for financial reasons”; “bromance,” describing a “close, non-sexual relationship between men”; and “fist bump,” a “gesture in which two people bump their fists together, as in greeting or celebration.” In all, editors selected 150 new words to add to the dictionary. More… Discuss