Word of the Day

mince

Definition: To moderate or restrain (words) for the sake of politeness and decorum; euphemize.
Synonyms: moderate, soften

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Idiom of the Day

cloud of suspicion

A general sentiment of suspicion of wrongdoing or illegality.

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Today's Holiday

Loi Krathong

Loi Krathong, an ancient festival held under a full moon throughout Thailand, is considered to be the loveliest of the country's festivals. After sunset, people make their way to the water to launch small lotus-shaped banana-leaf or paper boats, each holding a lighted candle, a flower, joss sticks, and a small coin. Loi means "to float" and Krathong is a "leaf cup" or "bowl." One legend linked to the origins of this festival holds that it celebrates the lotus blossoms that sprang up when the Buddha took his first baby steps. More...

Quote of the Day
He had but one eye, and the popular prejudice runs in favor of two.
Charles Dickens
(1812-1870)

Word Trivia

Today's topic: uniform

man of the cloth - Originally applied to anyone who wore a uniform or livery for work. More...

mufti - Civilian clothes worn by a person who usually wears a uniform. More...

uniform - Something that is uniform has literally only "one form," from Latin unus, "one," and forma, "form." More...

doughboy - The small round doughnuts served to sailors in the 19th century were called doughboys—and they resembled the round buttons on the sailors' uniforms—so the sailors came to be known as this. More...


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