1. Enfant Terrible: Visual Word of the Day

    A lesson in linguistics . . . and how not to be terrible. The term enfant terrible is an example of how words can change in meaning when moving from one language to another. While French speakers would maintain the literal meaning of this phrase (“terrible child”), English speakers have adapted it to mean something more metaphorical: “an outrageously outspoken or bold person who says and does indiscreet or irresponsible things.”

  2. Silver-tongued: Visual Word of the Day

    As charming as a silver bell. To be silver-tongued is to be persuasive or eloquent, named after the pleasing sound of a silver bell. You’d think all great leaders would have to be silver-tongued speakers, but that isn’t so! For example, Thomas Jefferson actually had a speech impediment and was reluctant to speak. Luckily for us, he used his writing to communicate, earning him the …

  3. Turncoat: Visual Word of the Day

    Would a turncoat by any other name sound as treasonous? Yup! Turncoat is an unflattering name for a person who changes sides to join the opposite party. Thanks to history, we have glorious examples of these two-timers. For example, Benedict Arnold was an infamous American turncoat. He was a general in the Revolutionary War who later defected to the British Army.

  4. Bedizen: Visual Word of the Day

    Fancy dress has changed a lot over time, but this word hasn’t stopped being fun to use. Bedizen entered the English language in the 17th century and is an obsolete term with a complex etymology. It’s a derivative of the even more uncommon verb dizen, which related to the spinning of flax to make clothing.

  5. These are the words that defined 2017

    As 2017 comes to a close, we reflect on the words that impacted all of us, for better or for worse. American leadership made bold communication choices in 2017: Fury replaced diplomacy. Accusations of collusion distracted from the truth. Covfefe gave us some much needed comic relief in an era of Presidency by Tweet. (No, we’re not adding it to the dictionary…at least not yet.) …

  6. Abubble: Visual Word of the Day

    As fun as it is to say, it’s even better to experience.

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    Mishpocha: Visual Word of the Day

    Here’s to celebrating the holidays with your mishpocha.

  8. Dundrearies: Visual Word of the Day

    Bringing dundrearies back.

  9. Betterment | Video

    Mark is an artist. Mark practices for the betterment of his art. Mark is driven. Be like Mark.

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    Cockcrow: Visual Word of the Day

    Don’t be a Rodney. Let people sleep past cockcrow.

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