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每日一词:ubiquitous(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 20, 2020 is:
ubiquitous • \yoo-BIK-wuh-tuss\  • adjective: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered :widespreadExamples:“Within China, WeChat is ubiquitous, serving as an all-in-one app that’s important for making payments and even for displaying someone’s coronavirus test results.” — David Ingram, NBCNews.com, 7 Aug. 2020“Without companies that developed front-facing smartphone cameras for luxury smartphones, we never would have had the now ubiquitous selfie camera.” — Shira Ovide, The New York Times, 13 Aug. 2020Did you know?Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning “presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously.” Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for “everywhere,” which is ubiqueUbiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration to describe those things that it seems like you can’t go a day without encountering, has become a more widespread …

每日一词:fountainhead(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 19, 2020 is:
fountainhead • \FOUN-tun-hed\  • noun1 : a spring that is the source of a stream2 : principal source :originExamples:“For all that Paradise Valley represents as a fountainhead of visual awe, the living is not easy for those who steward its most coveted, valuable and threatened asset—its open space, [Whitney Tilt] asserts.” — Todd Wilkinson, The Mountain Journal (Bozeman, Montana), 30 July 2020“With the advancements in technology, there is an unprecedented demand for electronic products that are portable or more compact. This trend has been a fountainhead for most of the ‘smart’ devices that we see today, such as fit bands, smart bulbs, and smart watches.” — Business Wire, 10 June 2020Did you know?When it first entered English in the late 16th century, fountainhead was used only in a literal sense—to refer to the source of a stream. By the 17th century, however, it was already beginning to be used figuratively in refer…

每日一词:delve(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 18, 2020 is:
delve • \DELV\  • verb1 :  to dig or labor with or as if with a spade2 a : to make a careful or detailed search for informationb : to examine a subject in detailExamples:“‘My brother and I,’ said he, ‘were, as you may imagine, much excited as to the treasure which my father had spoken of. For weeks and for months we dug and delved in every part of the garden, without discovering its whereabouts.'” — Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of the Four, 1890“They’ll soon release a second short, Climate Crisis, and Why We Should Panic. It will be voiced by Kiera Knightley, and delves into the cause of climate change and why governments must enter crisis mode to handle the issue.” — Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 13 Aug. 2020Did you know?We must dig deep into the English language’s past to find the origins of delve. The verb traces to the early Old English word delfan and is related to the Old High German word telban, meani…

每日一词:limpid(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 17, 2020 is:
limpid • \LIM-pid\  • adjective1 a : marked by transparency :pellucidb : clear and simple in style2 : absolutely serene and untroubledExamples:“She leaned toward him, entreaty in her eyes, and as he looked at her delicate face and into her pure, limpid eyes, as of old he was struck with his own unworthiness.” — Jack London, Martin Eden, 1909“Last summer, the edges of the Greenland ice sheet experienced up to three extra months of melting weather. Limpid blue pools formed on its surface; floods of melt gushed off the edge of the continent….” — Madeleine Stone, National Geographic, 7 July 2020Did you know?Since around 1600, limpid has been used in English to describe things that have the soft clearness of pure water. The aquatic connection is not incidental; language scholars believe that limpid probably traces to lympha, a Latin word meaning “water.” That same Latin root is also the source of the word lymph, the Englis…

每日一词:cronyism(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 16, 2020 is:
cronyism • \KROH-nee-iz-um\  • noun: partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualificationsExamples:“From the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the New Deal, America’s national parties retained their incoherence because most of the important political power was at the state and local level…. Some states and cities were better governed than others, and there was plenty of cronyism and corruption throughout the country, but the stakes of national elections were lower than today.” — Lee Drutman, The Cato Policy Report (The Cato Institute), July/August 2020Civil service regulations attempted to eliminate cronyism by setting strict rules governing hiring, firing and promotions within professional government services…. Under the system used in Idaho Falls, promotions rely heavily on scores from written, oral and other tests.” — Bryan …

每日一词:Sisyphean(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 15, 2020 is:
Sisyphean • \sis-uh-FEE-un\  • adjective: of, relating to, or suggestive of the labors of Sisyphus; specifically: requiring continual and often ineffective effortExamples:“I felt stuck in a Sisyphean loop, writing the same press release over and over. Even more, I was tired of promoting other people’s creations instead of creating something myself.” — Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni, 2013“In Beirut, balconies are the only spaces in public view that residents can … make theirs. Furniture is displayed; a birdcage is suspended; plants are meticulously arranged and watered—and everything is kept clean, in a Sisyphean battle against the dust.” — Bernardo Zacka, The New York Times, 9 May 2020Did you know?In Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who annoyed the gods with his trickery. As a consequence, he was condemned for eternity to roll a huge rock up a long, steep hill in the underworld, only to watch it roll back …

保重。

原文链接这里是Lakejason0。
由于很多原因,我现在不能再活跃了。
首先是,从很久以前就开始的强迫性熬夜。上课/晚自习精神真的很差,应该是出生以来最烂的时候了。成绩也不算很好,现在连周末的基本任务都没完成。
然后是,今天早上在社区wiki遇到了一位玩家。总之不是很愉快,但是我也意识到了“人与人之间并不相通”这个事实。我累了,真的累了,我没时间再揽事情了。
各位保重。Lake桑2020.9.14

每日一词:purport(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 14, 2020 is:
purport • \per-PORT\  • verb1 : to have the often specious appearance of being, intending, or claiming (something implied or inferred); also:claim2 :intend, purposeExamples:“One study at M.I.T. purported to show that the subway was a superspreader early in the pandemic, but its methodology was widely disputed.” — Christina Goldbaum, The New York Times, 2 Aug. 2020“To support his applications, Hayford provided lenders with fraudulent payroll documentation purporting to establish payroll expenses that were, in fact, nonexistent.” — editorial, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 7 Aug. 2020Did you know?The verb purport may be more familiar nowadays, but purport exists as a noun that passed into English from Anglo-French in the 15th century as a synonym of gist. Sir Walter Scott provides us with an example from his 19th-century novel Rob Roy: “I was a good deal mortified at the purport of this letter.” Anglo-French also has th…

每日一词:verbiage(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 13, 2020 is:
verbiage • \VER-bee-ij\  • noun1 : a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content2 : manner of expressing oneself in words :dictionExamples:“One resident … said during a virtual focus group that a lot of his community was concerned reading the changes of verbiage from ‘flood control task force’ to ‘infrastructure resilience.'” — Paul Wedding, The Houston Chronicle, 31 Jul. 2020“It was always G-rated trash talk—he is a devout Catholic, after all, and the strongest epithet he ever seemed to let loose was ‘Shoot’…. And his verbiage was often misunderstood. To opposing fans he was a mouthy loose cannon. To those who knew and understood him, it was just his joy and exuberance spilling over.” — Jim Alexander, The Daily News of Los Angeles, 10 Feb. 2020Did you know?Verbiage descends from French verbier, meaning “to trill” or “to warble.” The usual sense of the word implies an overabundance of possibly unnecess…

每日一词:foment(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 12, 2020 is:
foment • \FOH-ment\  • verb: to promote the growth or development of :rouse, inciteExamples:Rumors that the will was a fake fomented a lot of bitterness between the two families.“Last year, the country leaked personal information of an American official in Hong Kong, accusing her of fomenting unrest….” — Shibani Mahtani, The Washington Post, 22 May 2020Did you know?If you had sore muscles in the 1600s, your doctor might have advised you to foment the injury, perhaps with heated lotions or warm wax. Does this sound like an odd prescription? Not if you know that foment traces to the Latin verb fovēre, which means “to heat or warm” or “to soothe.” The earliest documented English uses of foment appear in medical texts offering advice on how to soothe various aches and pains by the application of moist heat. In time, the idea of applying heat became a metaphor for stimulating or rousing to action. Foment then started being…

每日一词:ruddy(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 11, 2020 is:
ruddy • \RUDD-ee\  • adjective1 : having a healthy reddish color2 :red, reddish3British — used as an intensiveExamples:“There was a stout man with a ruddy complexion, a merchant probably, half asleep.” — Elif Shafak, The Architect’s Apprentice, 2014“Lichen green and the reds of fired brick exude a splash of ruddy color on the exterior of Manchester State Park’s enclosed picnic area….” — Bob Smith, The Kitsap Daily News, 5 Nov. 2019Did you know?In Old English, there were two related words referring to red coloring: rēad and rudu. Rēad evolved into our present-day red. Rudu evolved into rud (a word now encountered only in dialect or archaic usage) and ruddy. Most often, ruddy is applied to the face when it has the red glow of good health or is red from a suffusion of blood from exercise or excitement. It is also used in the names of some birds, such as the American ruddy duck. In British English, ruddy is also used as a…

每日一词:encumber(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 10, 2020 is:
encumber • \in-KUM-ber\  • verb1 :weigh down, burden2 : to impede or hamper the function or activity of :hinder3 : to burden with a legal claim (such as a mortgage)Examples:“Those who do handle radioactive material must first don protective suits that are inherently cumbersome and are further encumbered by the air hoses needed to allow the wearer to breathe.” — The Economist, 20 June 2019“‘The water reservoir is absolutely needed in Vernon Hills,’ said David Brown, Vernon Hills’ public works director/village engineer. While supportive, the village thinks there are ‘some other viable locations in town,’ he added. So does the park district, which owns the land but is encumbered by an easement….” — Mick Zawislak, The Chicago Daily Herald, 1 Aug. 2020Did you know?In Old French, the noun combre meant a defensive obstacle formed by felled trees with sharpened branches facing the enemy. Later, in Middle French, combre referr…

每日一词:bunkum(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 9, 2020 is:
bunkum • \BUNG-kum\  • noun: insincere or foolish talk :nonsenseExamples:I hesitated to voice my opinions, fearful that my companions would deride my views as bunkum.“Out on social media, people are reposting and retweeting and emailing myths, hurling them across the internet with the kind of speed attainable only by pure bunkum.” — Heather Yakin, The Times Herald-Record, 17 Mar. 2020Did you know?Some words in the English language have more colorful histories than others, but in the case of bunkum, you could almost say it was an act of Congress that brought the word into being. Back in 1820 Felix Walker, who represented Buncombe County, North Carolina, in the U.S. House of Representatives, was determined that his voice be heard on his constituents’ behalf, even though the matter up for debate was irrelevant to Walker’s district and he had little to contribute. To the exasperation of his colleagues, Walker insisted on d…

每日一词:impregnable(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 8, 2020 is:
impregnable • \im-PREG-nuh-bul\  • adjective1 : incapable of being taken by assault :unconquerable2 :unassailable; also:impenetrableExamples:“The castle was built on the corner of a great rock, so that on three sides it was quite impregnable….” — Bram Stoker, Dracula, 1897“In his first months at Kryptos Logic, Hutchins got inside one massive botnet after another…. Even when his new colleagues at Kryptos believed that a botnet was impregnable, Hutchins would surprise them by coming up with a fresh sample of the bot’s code….” — Andrew Greenberg, Wired, 12 May 2020Did you know?Impregnable is one of the many English words that bear a French ancestry, thanks to the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It derives from the Middle French verb prendre, which means “to take or capture.” Combining prendre with various prefixes has given our language many other words, too, including surprise, reprise, and enterprise. Remarkably, im…

每日一词:plaudit(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 7, 2020 is:
plaudit • \PLAW-dit\  • noun1 : an act or round of applause2 : enthusiastic approval — usually used in pluralExamples:“For all of the accolades, and two Grammys she’s won, this might be the song and album that finally earns McKenna the plaudits her vocals also richly deserve.” — Jay N. Miller, The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Massachusetts), 22 July 2020“Long before he was collecting headlines and plaudits for his work, Babcock was quietly creating a functioning farm to give people in his South Dallas neighborhood a real hand in improving their lives, through working on the farm or from being nourished by its fruits.” — editorial, The Dallas Morning News, 8 July 2020Did you know?You earn plaudits for your etymological knowledge if you can connect plaudit to words besides the familiar applaud and applause. A word coined by shortening Latin plaudite, meaning “applaud,” plaudit had gained approval status in English by the firs…

每日一词:colloquial(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 6, 2020 is:
colloquial • \kuh-LOH-kwee-ul\  • adjective1 a : used in or characteristic of familiar and informal conversation; also: unacceptably informalb : using conversational style2 : of or relating to conversation :conversationalExamples:The author can switch from formal academic language to a charmingly colloquial style, depending on the audience and subject of her writing.“The [show’s] dialogue is often colloquial and rapid-fire, however, and you may need to switch on the English subtitles fairly frequently. On the other hand, you’ll know exactly how to say ‘What an idiot!’ in French after an episode or two.” — Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times, 11 May 2020Did you know?The noun colloquy was first used in English to refer to a conversation or dialogue, and when the adjective colloquial was formed from colloquy it had a similar focus. Over time, however, colloquial developed a more specific meaning related to language that is …

每日一词:heyday(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 5, 2020 is:
heyday • \HAY-day\  • noun: the period of one’s greatest popularity, vigor, or prosperityExamples:“The theater engaged Mr. Leslie ‘Les’ Jones to build and paint the sets. He was in his early sixties when I arrived—he’d been a legendary scene painter during the heyday of vaudeville.” — Kate Bornstein, A Queer and Present Danger, 2012“But there are few drive-in theaters left. They’ve dwindled to just a handful in the Twin Cities since their heyday in the 1950s and ’60s. There are only six left in Minnesota.” — Kathy Berdan, TwinCities.com (St. Paul, Minnesota), 26 July 2020Did you know?In its earliest appearances in English, in the 16th century, heyday was used as an interjection that expressed elation or wonder (similar to our word hey, from which it derives). Within a few decades, heyday was seeing use as a noun meaning “high spirits.” This sense can be seen in Act III, scene 4 of Hamlet, when the Prince of Denmark tel…

每日一词:docile(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 4, 2020 is:
docile • \DAH-sul\  • adjective1 : easily taught2 : easily led or managed :tractableExamples:“The zoo has one bearded dragon, dubbed Six because that number was painted on its back when it arrived…. Six is not on public exhibit but because it’s friendly and docile, the bearded dragon is an ambassador in the zoo’s Wild Connections animal encounter program.” — Meg Jones, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Feb. 2020“I hate the idea that we have to be polite as women, or we have to be docile. It’s good to be kind, of course, but that we have to be agreeable, and if we’re anything else we’re labeled difficult.” — Elisabeth Moss, quoted in Elle, 8 July 2020Did you know?Docile students can make teaching a lot easier. Nowadays, calling students “docile” indicates they aren’t trouble-makers; however, there’s more than just good behavior connecting docility to teachability. The original meaning of docile is more to the point: “r…

每日一词:matriculate(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 3, 2020 is:
matriculate • \muh-TRIK-yuh-layt\  • verb1 : to enroll as a member of a body and especially of a college or university2 : to be enrolled at a college or universityExamples:A spokesperson for the college said the school is expected to matriculate approximately 1,000 students for the fall semester.“Vince Carter, the player who would come to be known as ‘Half-Man, Half-Amazing,’ matriculated at the University of North Carolina in the fall of 1995.” — Ben Golliver, The Washington Post, 28 June 2020Did you know?Anybody who has had basic Latin knows that alma mater, a fancy term for the school you attended, comes from a phrase that means “fostering mother.” If mater is mother, then matriculate probably has something to do with a school nurturing you just like good old mom, right? Not exactly. If you go back far enough, matriculate is distantly related to the Latin mater, but its maternal associations were lost long ago—even …

每日一词:pediculous(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 2, 2020 is:
pediculous • \pih-DIK-yuh-lus\  • adjective: infested with lice :lousyExamples:All of the campers in the cabin had to be checked for lice when one boy’s sleeping bag was discovered to be pediculous.“They say pediculoushumors and flyborne air are culprits of plague, so the townsmen make a pyre of flowers and brush, attar and spikenard, by way of purging the air of offense.” — Fiona Maazel, Last Last Chance, 2008Did you know?Count on the English language’s Latin lexical options to pretty up the unpleasant. You can have an entire conversation about lice and avoid the l-word entirely using pediculous and its relatives. None of the words (from pediculus, meaning “louse”) is remotely common, but they’re all available to you should you feel the need for them. There’s pediculosis, meaning “infestation with lice,” pedicular, “of or relating to lice,” and pediculoid, “resembling or related to the common lice.” Pediculid names a …

每日一词:allusion(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for September 1, 2020 is:
allusion • \uh-LOO-zhun\  • noun1 : an implied or indirect reference especially in literature; also: the use of such references2 : the act of making an indirect reference to something : the act of alluding to somethingExamples:“The learning by rote and the endeavours to remember the complex prosodic structures of Shakespearean verses also stretch the muscles of the mind. The speeches are all dramatic, full of emotional appeal and inclusive of several allusions to Greco-Roman mythology. One thinks of these allusions and wonders about their meanings or metaphoric resonances.” — Sophie Barry, Business World, 17 June 2020“Other than a bunch of cryptic allusions to a masterplan scattered throughout the season, her plan was never made clear. It didn’t help that she seemed to vacillate between cold-blooded killer and teary-eyed sentimentalist several times an episode.” — Sean T. Collins, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2020Did you know?

树洞。

原文链接整个上半年一直在做一个树洞,和肝Minecraft Wiki,以及梗体中文。现在,树洞终于用Vue写了个半完成前端出来了。Try it out here: https://tree0.lakejason0.ml目前可以做到最基础的收发信。做了英文和简繁中文的本地化。树洞的预期工作方式是,无需注册即可收发树洞信,但是可以注册来方便查看。目前支持基于前端的Markdown语法渲染。用了一些东西来避免XSS。GitHub:https://github.com/lakejason0/private-tree-holehttps://github.com/lakejason0/private-tree-hole-vue我希望一些人不要看到安全漏洞就想着利用。这只是个测试。Lake桑2020.9.1

每日一词:longanimity(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 31, 2020 is:
longanimity • \long-guh-NIM-uh-tee\  • noun: a disposition to bear injuries patiently :forbearanceExamples:The fans continue to show their longanimity by coming back year after year to cheer on the perpetually losing team.“Most of the conspirators were gentlemen in their early thirties and the majority had wild pasts. They were frustrated men of action, ‘swordsmen’ the priests called them, and ‘they had not the patience and longanimity to expect the Providence of God.'” — Jessie Childs, God’s Traitors: Terror & Faith in Elizabethan England, 2014Did you know?Longanimity is a word with a long history. It came to English in the 15th century from the Late Latin adjective longanimis, meaning “patient” or “long-suffering.” Longanimis, in turn, derives from the Latin combination of longus (“long”) and animus (“soul”). Longus is related to English’s long and is itself an ancestor to several other English words, including…

每日一词:cadge(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 30, 2020 is:
cadge • \KAJ\  • verb:beg, spongeExamples:“Reiner had his car and was driving to Manhattan to drop the book off to his editor. Wouk cadged a ride in, and Reiner took him up on his polite offer to read it.” — Frank Lovece, Newsday (Long Island, New York), 30 June 2020“A friend ordered the Burrito Grande, easily the biggest burrito I’ve ever seen. I cadged a bite, and the flavors were delicate, but tasty, complemented by the creamy cheese sauce on top.” — Leslye Gilchrist, The Shreveport (Louisiana) Times, 27 Sept. 2019Did you know?As long ago as the 1400s, peddlers traveled the British countryside, each with a packhorse or a horse and cart—first carrying produce from rural farms to town markets, then returning with small wares to sell to country folk. The Middle English name for such traders was cadgear; Scottish dialects rendered the term as cadger. Etymologists are pretty sure the verb cadge was created as a back-format…

每日一词:asunder(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 29, 2020 is:
asunder • \uh-SUN-der\  • adverb or adjective1 : into parts2 : apart from each otherExamples:“Though they sip their port in close contiguity, they are poles asunder in their minds and feelings.” — Anthony Trollope, The Small House at Allington, 1862“Anna Andrews is the ‘she’ in the story…. As an adult, Anna’s private life is in tatters, but at least she has a prestigious job as a BBC news anchor. In the space of 48 hours, even that’s torn asunder.” — Carole E. Barrowman, The Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota), 31 May 2020Did you know?Asunder can be traced back to the Old English word sundor, meaning “apart.” It is a relative of the verb sunder, which means “to break apart” or “to become parted, disunited, or severed.” The “into parts” sense of asunder is often used in the phrase “tear asunder,” which can be used both literally and figuratively (as in “a family torn asunder by tragedy”). The “apart from each other” sen…

每日一词:undertaker(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 28, 2020 is:
undertaker • \UN-der-tay-ker\  • noun1 : one who undertakes: one who takes the risk and management of business :entrepreneur2 : one whose business is to prepare the dead for burial and to arrange and manage funerals3 : an Englishman taking over forfeited lands in Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuriesExamples:The undertaker offered the family several choices of coffins for the burial service.“The movement towards home-thrown funerals is being spearheaded by Heidi Boucher, a self-proclaimed home death-care guide. Boucher is what could best be described as half holistic hippie, and half 19th century undertaker.” — Rob Hoffman, The Times Union (Albany, New York), 24 Feb. 2020Did you know?You may wonder how the word undertaker made the transition from “one who undertakes” to “one who makes a living in the funeral business.” The latter meaning descends from the use of the word to mean “one who takes on business responsibiliti…

每日一词:kindred(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 27, 2020 is:
kindred • \KIN-drud\  • adjective1 : of a similar nature or character :like2 : of the same ancestryExamples:“Osterholm over the last few decades has been part of expert panels addressing … infectious zoonotic viruses kindred to Covid-19 such as Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).” — Todd Wilkinson, The Mountain Journal (Bozeman, Montana), 12 Apr. 2020“This study also highlights how identifying with the personality traits of a musician who feels like a kindred spirit can have positive psychological benefits for the listener.…” — Christopher Bergland, Psychology Today, 5 July 2020Did you know?If you believe that advice and relatives are inseparable, the etymology of kindred will prove you right. Kindred comes from a combination of kin and the Old English word ræden (“condition”), which itself comes from the verb rædan, meaning “to advise.” Kindred entered English as a no…

每日一词:testimonial(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 26, 2020 is:
testimonial • \tess-tuh-MOH-nee-ul\  • noun1 a : a statement testifying to benefits receivedb : a character reference : letter of recommendation2 : an expression of appreciation :tribute3 :evidence, testimonyExamples:“According to research from UPS, … 40% [of Millennials] refer to online reviews and testimonials before purchasing a product….” — Bill McLoughlin, Furniture Today, 9 Dec. 2019“Members of the Emerson College Student Union rallied behind a pass/fail policy in a list of demands that included eight pages of student testimonials. Many described difficult home situations, illnesses, financial struggles, and general anxiety that impacts their academic performance.” — Diti Kohli, The Boston Globe, 27 Mar. 2020Did you know?In 1639, Scottish poet William Drummond responded to the politics of his day with a facetious set of new laws, including one stipulating that “no man wear a … periwig, unless he have a testimonial …

每日一词:requite(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 25, 2020 is:
requite • \rih-KWYTE\  • verb1 a : to make return for :repayb : to make retaliation for :avenge2 : to make suitable return to for a benefit or service or for an injuryExamples:“Before [Steve Junga] was The Blade’s inimitable authority on high school sports, he was a 7-year-old on the East Side in love with the Tigers, who in 1968 requited him by rallying from a three-games-to-one deficit against Bob Gibson and the Cardinals to win the World Series.” — David Briggs, The Blade (Toledo, Ohio), 7 Apr. 2020“She watched as her son developed a real affection for basketball, even as the game didn’t always requite his feelings (he didn’t crack the varsity team in high school until he was a senior).” — Steve Hummer, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 24 Jan. 2020Did you know?You might be familiar with the phrase “unrequited love.” Love that has not been requited is love that has not been returned or paid back in kind, which brings …

每日一词:estival(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 24, 2020 is:
estival • \ESS-tuh-vul\  • adjective: of or relating to the summerExamples:“Horror stories are far more estival than autumnal. Before I ever read [Stephen] King, I learned to love being scared at summer camp, where the older kids would tell us ghost stories by campfire and flashlight. Horror ripens when the pole is tilted toward the sun—when school is out, children are unsupervised, heat makes people crazy, unexplored woods begin to beckon….” — Jeva Lange, The Week, 10 July 2019“As an estival nod, fresh summer daisies bedecked the tables that were covered with blue, white and red linens, the order of the French colors.” — Nell Nolan, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, Louisiana), 19 July 2016Did you know?Estival and festival look so much alike that you might think they’re very closely related, but that isn’t the case. Estival traces back to aestas, which is the Latin word for “summer” (and which also gave us estivate, a verb for…

每日一词:forte(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 23, 2020 is:
forte • \FOR-tay\  • noun1 : one’s strong point2 : the part of a sword or foil blade that is between the middle and the hilt and that is the strongest part of the bladeExamples:“Fried chicken is its forte, including spicy and boneless versions.… Its other specialty is breakfast….” — Tristan Navera, The Columbus (Ohio) Business First, 14 July 2020“After looking through the gaming options, we decided on Quick Draw—a game that gives one participant a word to draw, while the other callers try to guess what the word is. … And while it turns out that guessing a word based on a sketch is not my forte (I got maybe one right), I was amazed at how mesmerized my whole family was. — Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, 24 June 2020Did you know?Forte derives from the sport of fencing. When English speakers borrowed the word from French in the 17th century, it referred to the strongest part of a sword blade, between the middle and the hil…

每日一词:parochial(转自 韦氏词典)

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 22, 2020 is:
parochial • \puh-ROH-kee-ul\  • adjective1 : of or relating to a church parish2 : of or relating to a parish as a unit of local government3 : confined or restricted as if within the borders of a parish : limited in range or scope (as to a narrow area or region) :provincial, narrowExamples:The book is marred by the parochial viewpoint of its author, who fails to take into account the interplay between local and global economies.“Her father, Joseph, a taxi driver who owned his cab, took a second job to pay tuition for the children to attend parochial school.” — Melanie Burney, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 29 June 2020Did you know?In the Greek of the New Testament, the word paroikia means “temporary residence in a foreign land” and comes from the Greek word for “stranger”: paroikos. Early Christians used this designation for their colonies because they considered heaven their real home. But temporary or not, these Christian c…