It's a word-learnin' project. You'd think that someone with an M.A. in English, someone who has taught writing, someone who has written and published a freakin' book, would have a decent, wide-ranging vocabulary.
Nope. Not particularly.
I actually scored better on the Math portions of the SAT, ACT, and GRE than on the Verbal.
I don't know how I've managed to get through life, to pass myself off as a relatively educated and intelligent person, and still know so few words. Seriously. I can hardly read a thing without going to my favorite book, The American Heritage Dictionary. Lots of times I'll look up words that I think I know, that I can figure out in context, but am not 100-percent certain about. Or I'm burning with curiosity to know the etymology.
So, a new and somewhat occasional feature of this blog will be a Word of the Day. Or Word(s) of the Day. They'll be words that I came across in my daily reading of books, blogs, articles, and commentary, or my daily listening of NPR or a Teaching Company lecture. I'll give the word, its meaning, and what I think it meant ... or, at least, why I found it necessary to look it up.
Hope y'all enjoy this little project!