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>Wednesday’s Word: acumen Wat’s it mean?

>Acumen \uh-KYOO-mun\ (noun) MSWORD’s definition:Sharpness of mind – The ability to make quick, accurate, intelligent judgments about people or situations. M-W’s Word Central:1. Keenness of mind2. Shrewdness M-W also says acumen is used to signify “good practical judgment and a … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: bastion Wat’s it mean?

>Bastion \BASS-chun\ (noun) MSWORD’s definition:1. strong supporter: somebody or something regarded as providing strong defense or support, especially for a belief or cause, or a place where there are such people2. fortification: a fortified place3. projecting part: a projecting part … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: pundit Wat’s it mean?

>I often hear the word pundit bandied about on television during an election year. I had a vague idea that it meant an authority on a subject and thought maybe it applied only to politics. Close, but no cigar! Pundit … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: evanescent Wat’s it mean?

>Evanescent \ev-un-NESS-unt\ (adjective) MSWORD’s definition: disappearing after only a short time and soon forgotten: fleetingM-W’s Word Central: tending to vanish like a vapor: not lasting In the presence of so many frat boys, the evanescent beer supply had to be … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: pique Wat’s it mean?

>Pique \PEEK\ (verb) Yes, it sounds just like “peak” and “peek” but has a very different meaning. MSWORD’s definition: aimlessly passing from one thing to another, randomM-W’s Word Central gives two definitions of pique:1 : to arouse anger or resentment … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: desultory Wat’s it mean?

>Desultory \DESS-ul-tor-ee\ – adjective MSWORD’s definition of desultory: aimlessly passing from one thing to another; randomM-W’s Word Central gives three definitions of desultory:1 : marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose 2 : not connected with the main … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: quixotic Wat’s it mean?

>quixotic \kwik-SAH-tic\ – adjective M-W’s Word Central’s definition of quixotic is: impractical, especially in the foolish pursuit of ideals. It also attributes the word as coming from Don Quixote, who pursued “impossible dreams” in his quest to right the wrongs … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: commodious Wat’s it mean?

>The word “commodious” conjures up all sorts of ideas in my brain from being connected to ‘odious’ which means disgusting or detestable or ‘commode’, an old-fashioned word for the toilet. Neither brings me anywhere near the actual definition.commodious \kuh-MOH-dee-us\ – … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: buss Wat’s it mean?

>I’ve used today’s word (buss) in a past manuscript and had critique partners ask if it was a typo. Some circled the word and left a (?) notation in the margin. Buss can be used as a noun or verb. … Continue reading

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>Wednesday’s Word: hackneyed. Wat’s it mean?

>I’ve done a few of these wordsmith posts, labeling them “Wat’s it mean?” Today I decided to add the Wednesday’s Word feature, try to make it a weekly thing, and see what the reaction is. Let me know what you … Continue reading

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