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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast!

Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.

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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast!

Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.

    Equipollent

    Equipollent

    Equipollent is an adjective that means equal in power and effect.

    The Latin word pollere (poe LARE ay) means ‘to be strong.’ Our word of the day combines that with the prefix E-Q-U-I, which means ‘equally.’ When things or people are equipollent, they are equal in power. For example: The nations engaged in trade were not exactly equipollent. One was a third world country in desperate need of food. And the other was a wealthy empire.

    • 46 sec
    Ordonnance

    Ordonnance

    Ordonnance is a noun that refers to the systematic arrangement of parts.

    Our word of the day came from French, where it was basically a synonym of words like ‘configuration’ or ‘arrangement.’ An example of its use is: The ordonnance of the chapters in that book really confused me. It seemed like an odd way to arrange the story if you want it to make any sense.

    • 37 sec
    Salvo

    Salvo

    Salvo is a noun that refers to a sudden, aggressive act or series of acts.

    The Latin word salve (SOLVE ay) translates into ‘good health,’ but it was mainly used as a greeting — much like the Italian word salute (sah LOOT ay). Because the discharge of a gun became a way of saluting, salvo came to refer to a shot.

    Today a salvo is most commonly used to refer to a metaphorical ‘shot’ someone takes, for example: When Daniela insulted the bell-bottomed jeans I was wearing, I understood this as a salvo. She wasn’t just critiquing my clothes, she was suggesting I was behind the times.

    • 49 sec
    Balkanize

    Balkanize

    Balkanize is a verb that means to break into smaller regions.

    The origin of our word of the day comes from the Turkish word ‘Balkan,’ which means ‘mountain.’ It came to refer to a region in Southeastern Europe that includes Albania, Greece, Romania and the European portion or Turkey.

    The decline of the Ottoman Empire of the 18th century led to a series of revolts that fractured the region into instability.

    Balkanize soon became a word that described a region or group being divided and weakened in some way. For example: I hope no one attempts to Balkanize the nations of that region. Breaking them up and creating division would foster sheer chaos.

    • 57 sec
    Moil

    Moil

    Moil is a verb that means to work hard. Moil can also be used as a noun that refers to ‘hard work.’

    Our word of the day comes from the Latin word molis (MOW lease) which means ‘soft.’ As the word evolved into English, its meaning shifted to ‘hard work.’

    My grandfather had to moil for many years in a coal mine. I’m happy that all that hard word paid off with a successful family.

    • 34 sec
    Hypethral

    Hypethral

    Hypethral is an adjective that means ‘having no roof or open to the sky.’

    The Greek prefix H-Y-P-O means ‘under.’ When combined with the Greek word aither (EYE there) which means ‘air,’ we get a word that means under the air or heavens.

    I’m not sure whose brilliant idea it was to build a hypethral arena in Seattle, but they must not have been aware of the weather here. Having a roof would actually be a good idea in a place that rains all the time.

    • 52 sec

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