Word of the Week

An unusual word is taught every week, complete with pronunciation and definition.

My Word! January 17

Siderismsid·er·ism Noun1. a phenomenon similar to animal magnetism formerly supposed to result from the bringing of iron or other inorganic bodies into connection with the human body2. belief that the stars influence human affairsMary was so desperate that she turned to love spells, siderism, and even astrology. Let’s just say it came from Latin and…

My Word! October 4

FLEERFlirVerbTo laugh or grimace in a coarse derisive mannerThe ogre expressed his contempt when he fleered at the one-legged knight challenging him.This one was appropriated from an old Scandinavian word flire (meaning to giggle) by the English, who transmuted it into the Middle English fleryen. By the 15th century it further devolved into the verb…