burnish (transitive verb): polish, make shiny by rubbing


The hotel staff burnished the wooden floor in the lobby until it shone under guests’ shoes.

Alice asked the jeweler to burnish her silver bracelet.

alacrity (noun): readiness to do something quickly and with a cheerful attitude


The alacrity with which Jane completed her tasks at work impressed her boss so much that he gave her a promotion.

Bobby’s unusual alacrity for doing his weekly chores made his mother suspicious.

totter (intransitive verb): to walk slowly and unsteadily


The happy parents took a video of their baby’s first steps as he tottered across the carpet.

rife (adjective): very common (and often unpleasant)


Winter storms are often rife with school closings, power outages, and snow ball fights!

“…when suspicion and cruelty were rife, and gaunt Hunger wept beside Bereavement, – in such a case, the work of any instrument of social regeneration was in large part foredoomed to failure.”
W.E.B. Dubois, The Souls of Black Folk

We are fast approaching the end of the semester!  The WRMC would like to wish you the best of luck on your final exams, papers, and projects!  It has been an amazing semester getting to know your writing and interests through our coaching sessions. 

There is still time to meet with one of our writing coaches before your papers are submitted.  Consider making an appointment with us: http://www.viu.edu/wrmc/services/writing-services/?id=1523.

Please enjoy a few pictures of our snow/ice covered campus!