Archive for January, 2010

Word Moment: Imprimatur

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 29, 2010 by Josh Wittner

im·pri·ma·tur
n.

1. Official approval or license to print or publish, especially under conditions of censorship.
2.

a. Official approval; sanction.

b. A mark of official approval: a directive bearing the imprimatur of high officials.

Word Moment: Neophyte

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 28, 2010 by Josh Wittner

ne·o·phyte

n.

1. A recent convert to a belief; a proselyte.
2. A beginner or novice: a neophyte at politics.
3.

a. Roman Catholic Church A newly ordained priest.
b. A novice of a religious order or congregation.

Word Moment: Atavistic

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 27, 2010 by Josh Wittner

at·a·vism

n.

1. The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence, usually caused by the chance recombination of genes.
2. An individual or a part that exhibits atavism. Also called throwback.
3. The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.

Fortunate Days

Posted in Fortunate Days with tags , on January 27, 2010 by Josh Wittner

“You will be rewarded for a good job.”

Word(s) Moment: Bon Mot

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 26, 2010 by Josh Wittner

bon mot

n. pl. bons mots

A clever saying; a witticism.

Word Moment: Conscription

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 25, 2010 by Josh Wittner

con·scrip·tion

n.

1. Compulsory enrollment, especially for the armed forces; draft.
2. A monetary payment exacted by a government in wartime.

Word Moment: Desultory

Posted in Word Moment with tags , on January 22, 2010 by Josh Wittner

des·ul·to·ry

adj.

1. Having no set plan; haphazard or random. See Synonyms at chance.
2. Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected: a desultory speech.