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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day: Episodes

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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 29, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>disaster</strong> &#149; \dih-ZAS-ter\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: a sudden calamitous event bringing great damage, loss, or destruction; <em>broadly</em> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 28, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>juxtapose</strong> &#149; \JUK-stuh-pohz\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
: to place side by side <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 27, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>vibrissa</strong> &#149; \vye-BRISS-uh\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
*1 : one of the stiff hairs that are located especially about the nostrils or on other ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 26, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>whilom</strong> &#149; \WYE-lum\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: former <br />
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&quot;His fatal miscalculation, ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 25, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>foppery</strong> &#149; \FAH-puh-ree\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
*1 : foolish character or action <strong>:</strong> folly 2 : the behavior or dress ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 24, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>luscious</strong> &#149; \LUSH-us\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
*1 : having a delicious sweet taste or smell 2 : sexually attractive 3 a : richly ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 23, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>defalcation</strong> &#149; \dee-fal-KAY-shun\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
*1 : the act or an instance of embezzling 2 : a failure to meet a promise ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 22, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>lily-livered</strong> &#149; \LILL-ee-LIV-erd\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: lacking courage <strong>:</strong> cowardly <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 21, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>amerce</strong> &#149; \uh-MERSS\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
: to punish by a fine whose amount is fixed by the court; <em>broadly</em> <strong>:</strong> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 20, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>bully pulpit</strong> &#149; \BULL-ee-PULL-pit\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: a prominent public position (as a political office) that provides an opportunity ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 19, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>translucent</strong> &#149; \trans-LOO-sunt\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
*1 : not transparent but clear enough to allow light to pass through 2 ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 18, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>gravamen</strong> &#149; \gruh-VAY-mun\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: the material or significant part of a grievance or complaint <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 17, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>embezzle</strong> &#149; \im-BEZZ-ul\&nbsp; &#149; <em>verb</em><br />
: to appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 16, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>Promethean</strong> &#149; \pruh-MEE-thee-un\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: of, relating to, or resembling Prometheus, his experiences, or his art; <em>especially</em> ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 15, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>derrick</strong> &#149; \DAIR-ik\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
1 : a hoisting apparatus employing a tackle rigged at the end of a beam *2 : a framework ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 14, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>substantive</strong> &#149; \SUB-stun-tiv\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: having substance <strong>:</strong> involving matters of major or practical importance ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 13, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>mirage</strong> &#149; \muh-RAHZH\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
*1 : an illusion sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over hot pavement that looks like ...
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 12, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>fructuous</strong> &#149; \FRUK-chuh-wus\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
: fruitful <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 11, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>navel-gazing</strong> &#149; \NAY-vul-GAY-zing\&nbsp; &#149; <em>noun</em><br />
: useless or excessive self-contemplation <br />
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<p><strong><font color="#000066">Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for May 10, 2010 is:</font></strong></p>
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<strong>yeasty</strong> &#149; \YEE-stee\&nbsp; &#149; <em>adjective</em><br />
1 : of, relating to, or resembling yeast 2 a : immature, unsettled* b : marked by change ...
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