Word of the day: half a dozen

half a dozen Numeral Pronunciation: /hɑːf ə dʌzən/ Half of twelve (12), i.e. six (6). Let’s talk about this phrase for a moment. It is wrong. Just… wrong. Okay? It is wrong on the following counts: First off, it is three excess syllables where saying simply “six” will do the job just fine. I don’t know …

Word of the day: apophthegm

apophthegm Noun (plural: apophthegms) Pronunciation: /ˈapəθɪm/ A short, witty, instructive saying; an aphorism or maxim. Who thought this word was a good idea? For one thing, it literally looks like a sneeze. It’s one letter away from having all the letters of “phlegm” anyway. It’s a word for a saying or maxim. But how many …

Word of the day: dearth

dearth Noun (plural: dearths) A period or condition when food is rare and hence expensive; famine. (by extension) Scarcity; a lack or short supply. I literally only just discovered this word a few weeks ago, but since then it seems to have been popping up everywhere in the articles, forums, video clips and whatnot that …