a sunfish, Lepomis punctatus, inhabiting streams from South Carolina to Florida, having the body marked with longitudinal rows of spots.
Is It “Just Deserts” Or “Just Desserts”?Dictionary.com once featured the word comeuppance as a Word of the Day. Comeuppance is defined as “deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant.” More than a few devoted users wrote in to inform us that there was a typo in the definition: just deserts should be just desserts. Were our users correct? Was an s left out of this expression by mistake? Is the phrase just …
What’s The Difference Between “Possum” And “Opossum”?The most famous marsupial of the moment is Heidi, the cross-eyed opossum from Germany. Heidi has made headlines across the globe and has over 200,000 fans on Facebook. Enough with the cuteness, and on to a great story of language: What is the difference between possum and opossum? The answer is more complex and interesting than you might think. The opossum received its name in the …
Origin of spotted sunfish
First recorded in 1880–85
Also called stumpknocker.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019