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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 30, 2020 is:

sinuous • \SIN-yuh-wus\  • adjective

1 a : of a serpentine or wavy form : winding

b : marked by strong lithe movements

2 : intricate, complex


The hikers followed a sinuous path that curved around a lake and in between two small hills.

"The image, taken by NASA's Odyssey orbiter, showed a sinuous dried-up river channel leading into one side of the crater." — Kenneth Chang, The New York Times, 30 July 2020

Did you know?

Although it probably makes you think more of snakes than head colds, sinuous is etymologically more like sinus than serpent. Sinuous and sinus both derive from the Latin noun sinus, which means "curve, fold, or hollow." Other sinus descendants include insinuate ("to impart or suggest in an artful or indirect way") and two terms you might remember from math class: sine and cosine. In English, sinus is the oldest of these words; it entered the language in the 1400s. Insinuate appeared next, in the early 1500s, and was followed by sinuous and sine in the latter half of the 1500s, and cosine in the 1600s. Serpent, by the way, entered English in the 13th century and comes from the Latin verb serpere, meaning "to creep."

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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 29, 2020 is:

gauntlet • \GAWNT-lut\  • noun

1 : a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand

2 : any of various protective gloves used especially in industry

3 : an open challenge (as to combat) — used in phrases like throw down the gauntlet

4 : a dress glove extending above the wrist


"No, Jack answered. He stared up at the advancing knight, and his hand wrapped itself tightly around the guitar-pick in his pocket. The spike-studded gauntlets came up toward the visor of its bird-helmet. They raised it." — Stephen King and Peter Straub, The Talisman, 1984

"Last week, the California Teachers Association threw down the gauntlet and told Newsom and legislators that schools aren't ready to reopen, citing the short time frame and the recent surge of infections." — Dan Walters, The Orange County (California) Register, 13 July 2020

Did you know?

Gauntlet comes from Middle French gantelet, the diminutive of gant, meaning "glove." (The gauntlet that means "severe trial," "ordeal," or "double file of armed men" is a different word that originates from Swedish gata, meaning "lane" or "way.") To throw down the gauntlet is to issue an open challenge, while to pick up the gauntlet is to accept an open challenge. These figurative phrases come from the conventions of medieval combat. The gauntlet was the glove of a suit of armor. To challenge someone to combat, a knight would throw his glove at another knight's feet. The second knight would take it up if he intended to accept the challenge, in which case a jousting match might ensue.

Tue, 29 Sep 2020 01:00:01 -0400


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 28, 2020 is:

abstain • \ub-STAYN\  • verb

1 : to choose not to do or have something : to refrain deliberately and often with an effort of self-denial from an action or practice

2 : to choose not to vote


"For more than a hundred and fifty days a year, Ethiopian Orthodox Christians abstain from animal products, in accordance with religious fasting." — Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 17 July 2020

"The school board Monday voted 5-1, with one abstaining, to approve guidelines for moving classes online that are less restrictive than those established by the state." — Sarah Kay LeBlanc, The Des Moines (Iowa) Register, 11 Aug. 2020

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If you abstain, you're consciously, and usually with effort, choosing to hold back from doing something that you would like to do. One may abstain from a vice, for example, or in parliamentary procedure, one might abstain from placing a vote. So it's no surprise that abstain traces back through Middle English and Anglo-French to the Latin abstinēre, which combines the prefix ab- ("from, away, off") with tenēre, a Latin verb meaning "to hold." Tenēre has many offspring in English—other descendants include contain, detain, maintain, obtain, pertain, retain, and sustain, as well as some words that don't end in -tain, such as tenacious. Abstain, like many of its cousins, has been used by English speakers since at least the 14th century.

Mon, 28 Sep 2020 01:00:01 -0400


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 27, 2020 is:

rambunctious • \ram-BUNK-shuss\  • adjective

: marked by uncontrollable exuberance : unruly


When the kids get a bit too rambunctious, the parents sit them down for a time-out.

"To calculate your pool's optimum size and depth, think about who will be using it. Will it be holding adults lounging while sipping mai tais or your child's rambunctious soccer team? If kids will be using the pool, how old and tall are they?" — Laura Daily, The Washington Post, 21 July 2020

Did you know?

Rambunctious first appeared in print in the early half of the 19th century, at a time when the fast-growing United States was forging its identity and indulging in a fashion for colorful new coinages suggestive of the young nation's optimism and exuberance. Rip-roaring, scalawag, scrumptious, hornswoggle, and skedaddle are other examples of the lively language of that era. Did Americans alter the largely British rumbustious because it sounded, well, British? That could be. Rumbustious, which first appeared in Britain in the late 1700s just after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, was probably based on robustious, a much older adjective that meant both "robust" and "boisterous."

Sun, 27 Sep 2020 01:00:01 -0400


Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for September 26, 2020 is:

emollient • \ih-MAHL-yunt\  • noun

: something that softens or soothes


"It was a nasal emollient called Ponaris. It was once, the packaging advertised, a NASA staple—included in the agency's medical space kit on every Apollo mission.… The package promised that it would help rose fever, which I'd become convinced I had gotten from all that potpourri, so I bought it." — Chantel Tattoli, The Strategist, 18 May 2020

"The good news is it's not impossible or even terribly hard to mix up some of your own hand sanitizer. Commercial variants are little more than a whole lot of ordinary alcohol and a generous dollop of some kind of emollient to keep the skin from drying out." — Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 1 Apr. 2020

Did you know?

Emollient derives from the present participle of the Latin verb emollire, which, unsurprisingly, means "to soften or soothe." Emollire, in turn, derives ultimately from mollis, meaning "soft." Another descendant of mollis is mollify (essentially meaning "to make softer in temper or disposition"). A more distant relative is mild, which can be traced back to the same ancient source as mollis. The adjective emollient first appeared in print in English in the early 1600s; the noun arrived on the scene soon after.

Sat, 26 Sep 2020 01:00:01 -0400
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