Word of the Day: Silver-Tongued

  January 12, 2018: silver-tongued \ SIL-ver-TUHNGD \  adjective; 1. Persuasive; eloquent.   When she won the oration exhibition, she had been proud. More than proud. It was proof, they told her, that she was silver-tongued. Which, of course, was a great honour. When they had guided her off the stage amidst the still thundering applause, […]

Word of the Day: Jannock

  January 11, 2018: jannock \ JAN-uh k \  adjective; 1. British, Australian Informal. Honest; fair; straightforward.   As she twisted the lockpick in the sturdy lock she had to admit, even among thieves, this wasn’t, as her very Australian great aunt would have said, jannock. It was one of her great aunt’s favourite words, in […]

Word of the Day: Moira

  January 4, 2018: moira \ MOI-ruh \  noun; 1. (among ancient Greeks) A person’s fate or destiny. 2. Classical Mythology. ( initial capital letter) a. The personification of fate. b. Moirai, the Fates.   Stewart arrived at the bar early, which according to all the articles he had read and all of his friends, was […]

Word of the Day: Patrician

  January 3, 2018: patrician \ puh-TRISH-uh n \  noun; 1. A person of noble or high rank; aristocrat. 2. A person of very good background, education, and refinement.   Iris shifted awkwardly in her seat, wishing she had chosen something a little less fashionable and a little more comfortable to wear. But then, a meeting […]

Word of the Day: Bushwhack

  May 4, 2011: bushwhack \ BOOSH-hwak \ verb; 1. To defeat, especially by surprise or in an underhanded way. 2. To make one’s way through woods by cutting at undergrowth, branches, etc.   It happened, she supposed, when she was bushwhacking through the woods. Her father, incidentally, would have called it a stroll, but […]

Word of the Day: Purlieu

  May 3, 2011: purlieu \ PUR-loo \  noun; 4. A piece of land on the edge of a forest, originally land that, after having been included in a royal forest, was restored to private ownership, though still subject, in some respects, to the operation of the forest laws.   When the king gifted Gemma’s […]

Word of the Day: Dandle

  May 2, 2011: dandle \ DAN-dl \ verb; 1. To move (a baby, child, etc.) lightly up and down, as on one’s knee or in one’s arms. All she had wanted was a babe to dandle on her knee, someone to bundle up in blankets and coo at, and love. That was all she […]

Word of the Day!

In an effort to stretch my writerly muscle and increase my writerly output (not that two small sections of a short story in six months isn’t outstanding) – I am taking on a project. Dictionary.com has a Word of the Day feature, which I have decided to leverage to my own nefarious ends. I’m going […]