American Heritage.

Here I hope to update with interesting or vocabulary-type words. Let this be a list! Now, when I was in graduate school, our resident grammarian swore by the American Heritage Dictionary. I have therefore adopted it as my dictionary of choice. I actually bought the mobile app, and I’d wager I use it at least once a day. In fact, the majority of interesting or random facts I pull out of nowhere typically come from dictionary definitions. And when I want to gather a better understanding of something, the very first thing I do is look up its definition. You can’t solve a problem until you understand it. The American Heritage Dictionary’s website is rather slow, though, which is disappointing.

Today’s word (1/13/19): “ennui": n. Listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom: “The servants relieved their ennui with gambling and gossip about their masters.” [I chose this word today because my wife used it in a sentence. I’d forgotten its definition, so I look it up.]

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