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In this podcast, we highlight fun but underused words, explain their usage and origin, provide real-life conversational examples for each, and generally have a good time.

Word of the Day Jamie Silva

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 73 Ratings

In this podcast, we highlight fun but underused words, explain their usage and origin, provide real-life conversational examples for each, and generally have a good time.

    Episode 122 - Sartorial + Culinary

    Episode 122 - Sartorial + Culinary

    This episode is a paragon of podcastular excellence.
    Sartorial, adj. - “of or pertaining to clothes or fashion.”  Culinary, adj. - “of or pertaining to cooking.”   
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    • 22 min
    Episode 121 - Exacerbate

    Episode 121 - Exacerbate

    The Rhine in spine sties minely on the pline. 
    Accenterator: https://www.accenterator.com/aussie.php#result  
    Tom Swifty Answers
    “Why, you have absolutely the most splendid young deer I have ever seen. How do you manage to care for it so well?" said Tom fawningly. → A young deer is a fawn. Fawning, adj.: displaying exaggerated flattery or affection; obsequious. 
    "It's so beautiful here in this bell tower!" breathed Tom, inspired. → Bells are often found in spires, “tapering conical or pyramidal structures on the top of a building, typically a church tower.” 
    "I'm going to train Fido to behave right if it's the last thing I do!" said Tom doggedly. → Fido is a classic/stereotypical dog name; dogged, adj.: “having or showing tenacity and grim persistence.” 
    "To continue making this flying robot, please solder the 320 ohm resistor to the 16 microfarad capacitor," Tom droned on. → A drone is a type of flying robot; drone on, v.: “to speak for a long time in a dull voice without saying anything interesting.” 
    "Sir, I think people are going to have trouble reading that. You had better make the text darker and thicker," said Tom boldly. → Y’know, bold text! 
    "Do you really think you can trust Google to weight the results fairly?" asked Tom searchingly. → Tom is asking about Google search results; searchingly, adv.: “in a way that is intended to find out the truth about something.” 
    "Quick, you distract him, and I'll get the construction paper and glue out of the closet," whispered Tom craftily. → Craft, n.: an activity involving skill in making things by hand; crafty, adj.: “clever at achieving one's aims by indirect or deceitful methods.” 
    "If only I had some kind of tool I could use to get my feather quill out of this sand," said Tom pensively. → A quill is an early type of pen made from a feather; a sieve is a flat bowl with small holes you can use to sift through small grains, leaving whatever won’t fit through the holes. 
    "No matter what I do, I can't seem to get rid of this meddling kid! He's always there, thwarting my plans!" said Tom Riddle, harried. → Tom Riddle is the chief antagonist in the Harry Potter stories; harried, adj.: feeling strained as a result of having demands persistently made on one; harassed. 
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    • 16 min
    Episode 120 - Lackluster

    Episode 120 - Lackluster

    Also featuring a couple fun Family Idioms. Send yours to wotdpodcast@gmail.com!  
     
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    • 16 min
    Episode 119 - Mollify

    Episode 119 - Mollify

    Clues for the featured word game: 
     
    The story of a mysterious and wealthy old Wal-Mart door greeter on his store's last day of business. The tale of a man who rises to greatness while competing in watermelon eating contests. A young boy is accepted to the world's most prestigious miniature golf academy.   
    Listen to hear the answers! 
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    • 12 min
    Episode 118 - Lackadaisical

    Episode 118 - Lackadaisical

    Spot the puns in these Tom Swifties: 
    "I love hot dog toppings," Tom said with relish.
    “I only have diamonds, spades and clubs in my hand,” said Tom heartlessly. 
    "Aw man, I’ve dropped my toothpaste," Tom said, crestfallen.
    "I'd like my money back, and then some," said Tom with interest.
    "If you want me, I shall be in the attic," Tom said loftily.
    “I couldn’t remember what to buy at the store,” Tom said listlessly. 
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    • 16 min
    Episode 117 - Bona Fide Part II

    Episode 117 - Bona Fide Part II

    The whole Word of the Day team really gave it the old college try for this episode. 
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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

Parmandil ,

A delight!

This show has rapidly become one of my most effective ways of cheering myself up. No matter what mood I was in before starting an episode, soon after I begin listening I’m grinning, if not laughing outright. (Sometimes I have to pause because I can’t hear the podcast anymore over my own laughter!) It’s informative. It’s pleasant. It’s clever. It’s hilarious! I’ve learned a few new words… and I’ll never hear the word Draconian again without thinking of poor Draco being smothered under the weight of the public’s approbation!

Dr. Alan Christianson ,

Logophile approved!

Exactly what I was hoping for. Nice depth on each word.

Shae431- ,

Thank you

Amazing! Super useful ❤️

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