Today’s word of the day is heifer, a young cow, especially one that has not yet given birth to a calf. There’s nothing too remarkable about this word. We just like cows.
Photo by Andrew Beebe under a Creative Commons license.
Such a nice word for a Wednesday… Today’s word of the day is flagitious, an adjective meaning “characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious; shamefully wicked; atrocious; scandalous; flagrant; grossly criminal.” It is related to flagitate ‘to demand fiercely or imperiously.’
Ah, there’s nothing like dusting off an old derogation. Today’s word of the day is papelard, “a dissembler; a flatterer; a hypocrite.” It’s been little used in English since Chaucer put it to work, but it’s been slightly more common in French, from which it comes. The noun for what a papelard practices, papelardie, means “hypocrisy” or pope-holy, another obscure and disused term.
Today’s word of the day is cashew, the kidney-shaped seed of a tropical American evergreen tree, Anacardium occidentale.
This is the fruit that contains the nut. Photo by Joao Vicente, used under a Creative Commons license.
Today’s word of the day is mell, meaning “to mix or to meddle,” of which it is a contracted form, and through which it is historically related to French, Spanish, and Italian words for “mix.” It is, of course, related to pell-mell.
Today’s word of the day is hussy. No, not the hussy meaning “a brazen or immoral woman,” but the hussy meaning “a case for scissors, needles, thread, etc.” To confuse matters further, it’s also known as a housewife or hussif. Not to be confused with a hussar.
Today’s word of the day is bevue, an inadvertent error or a small omission. It’s pronounced “beh-VIEW.” It’s from the French bévue, meaning “a blunder.”