Are We Entering ‘Uncharted’ or ‘Unchartered’ Waters?–Merriam Webster

Merriam Webster Dictionary offers an in-depth look here at words often misused! Great potential as Words of the Day.

What to Know

Uncharted refers to something not recorded on a map. Uncharted waters or uncharted territory can refer literally to places not yet explored, but it can also be used figuratively to refer to unfamiliar situations in general. Sometimes unchartered is used mistakenly when people see charter and think of the contractual agreement to lease something, such as a boat.

Merriam Webster Dictionary, Usage Notes

Grammarian– Trending: ‘moderator’

Trending: ‘moderator’

People started looking up “moderator” during the Presidential Debate September 2020. What does this word mean?

We define moderator in a number of ways; it may be “one who presides over an assembly, meeting, or discussion” (as in the chair of a discussion group or the presiding officer of a town meeting), or “one who arbitrates; a mediator” (this is sense that is relevant to tonight’s debate … we think, as it might also be “a substance (such as graphite) used for slowing neutrons in a nuclear reactor”). The word can be traced to the Latin moderare, meaning “to moderate.”

Merriam Webster Dictionary

Word of the Day–100 Words Every Fourth Grader Should Know

100 Words Every Fourth Grader Should Know

The American Heritage Dictionary publishes a popular “100 Words” series, which I’ll be highlighting in blog posts. We’re all adults, however, these are excellent words for us to be using in speeches! Here are just the first 10:


Word of the Day 8/11/2020

I chose the word “Plaudits” as word of the day for 8/11/2020. Since that Tuesday evening, I have been noticing it in headlines of my news feed over and over!

“CNN received plaudits on Tuesday from an unlikely source for its generally uninterrupted broadcast of the Republican convention’s opening night: President Trump.”  –New York Times, 8/25/20

“Russia, expecting plaudits for vaccine, is miffed by its cool reception” –New York Times, 8/24/2020

“Mostly plaudits from Iowa Democrats for virtual national convention” –Quad-City Times, 8/21/20

“South Korea is also trying to tackle a rise in cases after winning early plaudits for controlling the virus.” –NPR, 8/30/20

“[Chadwick Boseman] gained more plaudits as the star of another sports biography in 2013, this time playing barrier-breaking baseball player Jackie Robinson in ’42.'” –ABC News, 8/29/20

This scenario seems to happen so often! I’ll start noticing a WOD far more than I ever did before after listening for it as Grammarian. What a great benefit of serving in this role.

plau·dit (plôdĭt) n. Enthusiastic expression of praise or approval: a new play that opened to the plaudits of the critics.

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