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  • I take it
    I imagine this is the case; I presume it to be true (that); it is my understanding (that). Watch the video
  • I see what you did there
    An expression used to acknowledge that one understands a joke made by someone else, and to either show appreciation or a lack thereof for the wit employed. Watch the video

RSS Word of the Day

  • chivvy
    Definition: (verb) Annoy continually or chronically. Synonyms: beset, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke. Usage: The senator is very demanding and is reputed to endlessly chivvy her staff to work harder. Discuss
  • ebullition
    Definition: (noun) An unrestrained expression of emotion. Synonyms: effusion, outburst, blowup, gush. Usage: The count bit his lips till the blood almost started, to prevent the ebullition of anger which his proud and irritable temper scarcely allowed him to restrain.

RSS Word Origins

  • turkey
    poult - A young domestic fowl (like a turkey) being raised for food. More...meleagrine - The adjective form of turkey. More...wattle - The fleshy part hanging from the neck of a turkey or other bird. More...turkey - Originally the name for African guinea fowl, it eventually became the name for the Western hemisphere fowl with […]
  • thicker
    concave lens, convex lens - A concave lens is thinner at the center; a convex lens is thicker at the center. More...plank, board - A plank is thicker than a board. More...clotted cream - Cream made thicker and richer by cooking. More...skin - The term for the thin, tight covering on carrots, potatoes, grapes, and […]
  • mice
    murine - Means "pertaining to mice or rodents." More...muscle - Comes from Latin musculus, "little mouse," as the ancient Romans thought their muscles wriggled like mice. More...mussel - Also gets its name from Latin musculus. More...dormouse - A rodent but not a mouse, it may be a corrupted form of French dormeus, "sleepy." More...
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