Word of the Day

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Monday December 11, 2017

Verbose (ver-BOHS)

Wordy, long winded, having too many words

Usage Examples

  • The verbose report is over 500 pages.
  • I was held up for a half hour because the verbose speaker didn't end his presentation on time.

Word Usage Tip

The correlating noun is verbosity, which means wordiness.

  • I try to avoid verbosity in my corporate memos by making them short and to the point.

THINK... how can you use verbose in a conversation today?

Tuesday December 12, 2017

Innocuous (i-NOK-yoo-uhs)

Harmless, innocent, inoffensive

Usage Examples

  • He claimed that the home remedy was innocuous, but I thought drinking the odd mixture of substances could be harmful.
  • Jessica was surprised when her seemingly innocuous comment enraged her classmate.

Word Usage Tip

Innocuous means producing no injury or not likely to give offense or arouse feelings of hostility. Innocuous is an antonym of deleterious.

THINK... how can you use innocuous in a conversation today?

Wednesday December 13, 2017

Loquacious (loh-KWAY-shuhs)

Talkative, talking a lot or too much

Usage Examples

  • The loquacious woman talked to me nonstop on my flight from Los Angeles to New York.
  • Children are known to be loquacious.

Word Usage Tip


  • He was so TALKATIVE I couldn't get a word in.
  • He was so LOQUACIOUS I couldn't get a word in.

THINK... how can you use loquacious in a conversation today?

Thursday December 14, 2017

Construe (kuhn-STROO)

To interpret the meaning or intention of something

Usage Examples

  • The results from the financial report are difficult to construe.
  • We construed the meaning of the email in different ways. I thought it was funny and she thought it was disrespectful.

Word Usage Tip


  • I INTERPRETED the employment contract to mean I was allowed to work from home. My employer INTERPRETED it differently.
  • I CONSTRUED the employment contract to mean I was allowed to work from home. My employer CONSTRUED it differently.

THINK... how can you use construe in a conversation today?

Friday December 15, 2017

Superfluous (soo-PUR-floo-uhs)

Extra and unnecessary, excessive

Usage Examples

  • In order to reduce the report to 300 words we will need to omit any superfluous words and phrases.
  • Giving more Christmas gifts to the kids seems superfluous after everything they have already received from grandma and grandpa.

Word Usage Tip

Anything superfluous is more than sufficient or required thus, extra, pointless, unnecessary, and excessive.

THINK... how can you use superfluous in a conversation today?

Saturday December 16, 2017

Clandestine (klan-DES-tin)

Done in secrecy, usually because it is wrong or bad

Usage Examples

  • The teenagers took a clandestine weekend trip to the cabin while their parents were out of town.
  • The clandestine mission to assassinate the foreign dictator was only known by the president and a few others.

Word Usage Tip


  • The two employees planned a SECRET scheme to steal money from the cash register after hours.
  • The two employees planned a CLANDESTINE scheme to steal money from the cash register after hours.

THINK... how can you use clandestine in a conversation today?

Sunday December 17, 2017

Vacillate (VAS-uh-layt)

Usage Examples

  • We vacillated for weeks between buying an existing home and building a new one.
  • His tendency to vacillate makes him a poor leader.

Word Usage Tip

Vacillate also means to sway, oscillate, or fluctuate. It is most often used figuratively to mean to sway or go back and forth in making a decision.

THINK... how can you use vacillate in a conversation today?

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