- February 5, 2015

Word of the Day: Solipsistic

Word of the Day: Solipsistic

Word of the Day: Solipsistic Solipsistic (adjective): “Extreme self-importance” (“Solipsistic”, 2015, para.3). Examples:His solipsistic attitude lead him to put his speech first on the conference agenda because he thought it was only one worth hearing. Can you use solipsistic in a sentence? Send us your sentence using solipsistic and we will post it on our […]

- February 3, 2015

Word of the Day: Pragmatic

Word of the Day: Pragmatic

Word of the Day:Pragmatic Pragmatic (adjective): “dealing with the problems that exist in a specific situation in a reasonable and logical way instead of depending on ideas and theories” (“Pragmatic”, 2015, para.1). Examples:He was a man who didn’t like responses that were set in passion or were too whimsical. Rather, he always respected those who […]

- January 23, 2015

Word of the Day: Esoteric

Word of the Day: Esoteric

Word of the Day: Esoteric Esoteric (adjective): “only taught to or understood by members of a special group : hard to understand ” (“Esoteric”, 2015, para.1). Examples:“The professor‘s esoteric language caused Ella to question if she could pass astrophysics.” Can you use esoteric in a sentence? Send us your sentence using esoteric and we will […]

- December 18, 2014

Word of the Day: Kwanzaa

Word of the Day: Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa (noun): “African-American and Pan-African celebration of family, community and culture, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.” (Associated Press, 2014).  Figure 1. A picture of the kinara, a candle holder that is used in Kwanzaa celebrations in the United States. Adapted from Kinara at the 3rd Annual Black, Green, & Red Kwanzaa, 2011, http://stlcamp.org/media-gallery/detail/308/2177  Can you use Kwanzaa […]

- December 17, 2014

Term of the Day: Grinch

Term of the Day: Grinch

Grinch (noun): “Spoilsport who steals holiday fun, based on the title character in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” by Dr. Seuss” (Associated Press, 2014). Figure 1: The Grinch from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” (“How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 1966) Can you use grinch in a sentence? Send us your sentence using grinch and we […]

Ask-a-Coach: Double or single quotation marks?

Ask-a-Coach: Double or single quotation marks?

Q: I never understood why we have single quotation marks ( ‘ ). When do we use them and when do we just stick with the regular double quotation marks ( ” )?  -Quotation mark Quandary in Fairfax, VA A: This is a simple rule because in American English we really use the single quotation […]

- December 16, 2014

Word of the Day: Dreidel

Word of the Day: Dreidel

Word of the Day: Dreidel Dreidel (noun): “Toy spinning top for Jewish celebrations.. ” (“2014 Style Guide”, 2014, line.13). Figure 1: Colorful dreidels at the marketplace. Can you use dreidel in a sentence? Send us your sentence using dreidel and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more about sentence structure? Check […]

- December 15, 2014

Word of the Day: Ubiquitous

Word of the Day: Ubiquitous

Word of the Day:Ubiquitous Ubiquitous (adjective): “ existing or being everywhere at the same time :  constantly ” (“ubiquitous”, 2014, para.1). Examples:“The company’s advertisements are ubiquitous” (“ubiquitous”, 2014, para. 2). Can you use ubiquitous in a sentence? Send us your sentence using ubiquitous and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more […]

- December 9, 2014

Word of the day: Engross

Word of the day: Engross

Word of the Day: engross Engross (verb): “ to hold the complete interest or attention of (someone). ” (“engross”, 2014, para.1). Examples:She was so engrossed in studying for finals, that she forgot winter break was just a week away!. Can you use engross in a sentence? Send us your sentence using engross and we will […]

- December 5, 2014

Word of the Day: Clairaudience

Word of the Day: Clairaudience

Word of the Day: clairaudience Clairaudience (noun): “The power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead. ” (“Clairaudience”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:“‘Let Michael relay Sutton and tell you people here who have the phoney habit (it was remarketable) in his clairaudience , […]

- November 25, 2014

WRMC Folklore, Rumors, and Myths Part II: Faculty Support

WRMC Folklore, Rumors, and Myths Part II: Faculty Support

Myth: The WRMC only helps students. Okay, we may not be able to catch you up with all your work,we can help with writing! Fact: Not so! We love supporting faculty and staff, too. Okay, so this myth isn’t actually anything I’ve heard around on campus–yet.  I think the lack of conversation about how the […]

- November 24, 2014

Term of the Day: New World

Term of the Day: New World

Term of the Day: New World New World (noun): “western hemisphere; especially :  the continental landmass of North and South America” (“New World”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:“The discovery of America opened a new world, full of new things and new possibilities for those with eyes to see them.” (Morgan, 2009, para. 4). Can you use […]

- November 17, 2014

Word of the Day: Asseverate

Word of the Day: Asseverate

Word of the Day: Asseverate Asseverate (verb): To affirm or declare positively or earnestly (“Asseverate”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:“He always asseverated that he did not know.” (“Asseverate”, 2014). Can you use asseverate in a sentence? Send us your sentence using asseverate and we will post it on our blog! Want to learn more about sentence […]

- November 14, 2014

Word of the Day: Flummox

Word of the Day: Flummox

Word of the Day: Flummox Flummox (verb): To bewilder, confound, confuse (“Flummox”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:” And the moment a change is introduced, the process must begin anew, since the staff is flummoxed as to how to proceed once again.” (“Flummox”, 2014). Can you use flummox in a sentence? Send us your sentence using flummox […]

- November 11, 2014

Word of the Day: Irenic

Word of the Day: Irenic

Word of the Day:Irenic Irenic (adj.): favoring, conducive to, or operating toward peace, moderation, or conciliation (“Irenic”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:” …they depicted a fierce enemy whose history and culture stood in sharp contrast to that of irenic Americans.” (Lambert, 2007 as cited in “Irenic”, 2014). Can you use cushy in a sentence? Send us your […]

- November 7, 2014

Ask a Coach: How do I cite a handout?

Ask a Coach: How do I cite a handout?

Q. The WRMC has so many sources! I am excited and overwhelmed at once–how do I cite a WRMC handout? A.  We know, we know, our resources are just too fantastic not to use. Whether you are researching teaching philosophies, APA style, or paper formatting, we have some great tips and templates for you! However, […]

Word of the Day: Cushy

Word of the Day: Cushy

Word of the Day: Cushy Cushy (adj.): Widely used by military personnel in World War I to describe something involving little effort in return for ample reward (“Cushy”, 2014, para. 1). Examples:” Even though Nim was a fellow club member, working for him was no cushy number — entirely the opposite” (“Cushy”, 2014, para. 1). […]

- October 31, 2014

Word of the Day: Thanatopsis

Word of the Day: Thanatopsis

Word of the Day:Thanatopsis Thanatopsis (noun):    1.  A thanatopsis is a written contemplation of death, often in the form of a poem. (“Thanatopsis”, 2014, para. 1) Examples:Do you spend a lot of time in graveyards? Did most of your friends die before you were born? If so, then you might be poised to write […]

- October 17, 2014

Word of the Day: Gossamer

Word of the Day: Gossamer

Gossamer (adjective):    1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, especially in autumn. 2. a thread or a web of this substance. 3. an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used especially for veils.  (“Gossamer”, 2014, para. 1-3) Examples:To decorate your patio or porch this […]

- October 16, 2014

Word of the Day: Deciduous

Word of the Day: Deciduous

Deciduous (adjective):   1. shedding the leaves annually, as certain trees and shrubs. 2. falling off or shed [sic] at a particular season, stage of growth, etc., as leaves, horns, or teeth. 3. not permanent; transitory.   (“Deciduous”, 2014, para. 1-3) Examples: The tree on our campus (right) is deciduous: the leaves, though beautiful, will […]