Accept vs. Except – Does one accept an i

Accept vs. Except – Does one accept an invitation or except it? If someone is left off of an invitation list, has she been excepted or accepted? What’s the difference between these two terms, and how can we keep them straight? Accept means, most broadly, “to take or receive (something offered)” or “receive with approval or favor,” as in I accept this trophy. Except has a verb sense of “to exclude; leave out,” as in the phrase present company excepted. But it’s also used… http://ow.ly/rcPd503TlL0

Wednesday Winner: Thrummy – Today’s Word

Wednesday Winner: Thrummy – Today’s Word of the Day was submitted by John P. of Mill Valley, California. John chose thrummy because, “it’s apt, descriptive and amusing.” Thrummy means “shaggy or tufted.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections! http://ow.ly/ZLUn503OPBf

Wednesday Winner: Mountebank – Today’s W

Wednesday Winner: Mountebank – Today’s Word of the Day was submitted by Christine N. of Nottingham, United Kingdom. Christine explains that mountebebank is, “just a delicious sounding word which conjures up all kinds of images of rogues in my mind!” Mountebank means “any charlatan or quack.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections! http://ow.ly/q0sz503CqqO

Wednesday Winner: Titivate – Today’s Wor

Wednesday Winner: Titivate – Today’s Word of the Day was submitted by Tony B. of London, United Kingdom. Titivate means “to make smart or spruce.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections! http://ow.ly/Zj9N503lnV9

Go for the Gold: The Strange History of

Go for the Gold: The Strange History of Olympic Medals – At the first Olympic Games back in 776 BCE, competitors did not receive medals. Instead the top athletes were crowned with wreaths made of olive leaves. This tradition continued until Roman emperor Theodosius I (or perhaps his son) abolished the Olympics around the year 400 CE. The revival of the Olympics dates from the late 19th century, with the first modern Games taking place in 1896. The awarding of medals aro… http://ow.ly/hwbc503bisM

Wednesday Winner: Fletcherize – Today’s

Wednesday Winner: Fletcherize – Today’s Word of the Day was submitted by Audrey H. of Irvine, California. Fletcherize means “to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.” Submit your favorite word here and it could be chosen as one of our Word of the Day selections! http://ow.ly/YYKD5036DOb

Which Overachiever Is August Named For?

Which Overachiever Is August Named For? – August has arrived. If you’re in Europe, it’s likely you’re taking an extended holiday. If you’re anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, you might just be trying to stay cool. August is the eighth month of the Gregorian calendar, and the sixth month of the Roman calendar. Its original name was Sextilus, Latin for “sixth month.” In 8 BCE, the month was named in honor of Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor. The emperor was a ma… http://ow.ly/hyfh5034ay7

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