- December 20, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Burnish

WORD OF THE DAY: Burnish

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

- December 19, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Alacrity

WORD OF THE DAY: Alacrity

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

- December 18, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Totter

WORD OF THE DAY: Totter

totter (intransitive verb): to walk slowly and unsteadily Example: The happy parents took a video of their baby’s first steps as he tottered across the carpet.

- December 17, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Rife

WORD OF THE DAY: Rife

rife (adjective): very common (and often unpleasant) Examples: 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 […]

- December 9, 2013

THE END IS NEAR!

THE END IS NEAR!

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 […]

- December 5, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Poseur

WORD OF THE DAY: Poseur

poseur (noun): a person who pretends to be someone or something he is not; an insincere person Example: The woman’s insincere appreciation of the artwork  made it clear she was a poseur and not a true admirer of the artist’s paintings.

- December 3, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Obtuse

WORD OF THE DAY: Obtuse

obtuse (adjective): stupid; unintelligent; unable to think clearly Examples: 1. Jenny felt obtuse when the she didn’t know the answer to the professor’s question. 2. He became obtuse and grumpy from lack of sleep.

- December 2, 2013

WORD OF THE DAY: Laud

WORD OF THE DAY: Laud

laud (noun): praise Example: He received much laud and congratulations upon completing his master’s program.