Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Onus
 
Pronunciation: OH-nuss
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) burden
2) a disagreeable necessity : obligation
3) blame
4) stigma
 
Etymology: mid 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘load or burden.’
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Fun Fact of the Day

Fun Fact of the Day:
 
Your brain, not your mind, controls your daydreams.
 
The mind and brain can be thought of as different aspects of the same thing, like the software and hardware of a computer.
 
But in fact, the relationship goes both ways. How we daydream and think depends on the brain’s structure. On the other hand, that structure is constantly changing in small ways—as we learn new things the connections between nerve cells change.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Lachrymose
Polish translation: zapłakany
 
Definition: (adj)
 
1) given to tears or weeping : tearful
2) tending to cause tears : mournful
 
Etymology:
 
mid 17th century (in the sense ‘like tears; liable to exude in drops’): from Latin lacrimosus, from lacrima ‘tear.’

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Pâro
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) the feeling that no matter what you do is always somehow wrong—that any attempt to make your way comfortably through the world will only end up crossing some invisible taboo—as if there’s some obvious way forward that everybody else can see but you, each of them leaning back in their chair and calling out helpfully, colder, colder, colder.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Occhiolism
Definition: (n)
 
1) the awareness of the smallness of your perspective, by which you couldn’t possibly draw any meaningful conclusions at all, about the world or the past or the complexities of culture, because although your life is an epic and unrepeatable anecdote, it still only has a sample size of one, and may end up being the control for a much wilder experiment happening in the next room.

Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Chrysalism
 
Definition: (n)
 
1) The amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm, listening to waves of rain pattering against the roof like an argument upstairs, whose muffled words are unintelligible but whose crackling release of built-up tension you understand perfectly.