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It's National Thesaurus Day 2019!

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 - Games & puzzles

On National Thesaurus Day, we celebrate new words. There's no better way to do that than with Merriam-Webster's 365 NEW WORDS-A-YEAR—every single morning you get to expand your vocabulary and explore the English language. 

There’s something so satisfying about learning a new word and dropping it into a sentence. Now, a trenchant1 and expansive vocabulary is at your fingertips with a lexical2 -themed calendar from the nonpareil3  language experts at Merriam-Webster. 

365 NEW WORDS-A-YEAR is an essential calendar for writers, word lovers, and Scrabble and Words-With-Friends players, with a new word definition every day, plus ancillary4  information on pronunciation, sample sentences and word origin and history. 

1 sharp and articulate

2 relating to words or the vocabulary of a language

3 unbeatable

4 auxiliary, supplementary

If you look up today's word-of-the-day in the thesaurus, you'll find words such as amiability, complacency, complaisance, and gentility... and read below for some extra information (the back of each day's calendar page goes into more detail about the words and their origins).

mansuetude - national thesaurus day


Mansuetude was first used in English in the 14th century, and it derives from the Latin verb mansuescere, which means “to tame.” Mansuescere itself comes from the noun manus (meaning “hand”) and the verb suescere (“to accustom” or “to become accustomed”). Unlike manus, which has many English descendants (including manner, emancipate, and manicure, among others), suescere has only a few English progeny. One of them is desuetude, which means “disuse” and comes to us by way of Latin desuescere (“to become unaccustomed”). Two others are custom and accustom, which derive via Anglo-French from the Latin consuescere, meaning “to accustom.”

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