Words to Know: Bespoke - custom-made; made to fit a particular person

Words to Know: Bespoke

Have you ever heard someone refer to a bespoke suit? You’ve probably figured out it implies the suit is rather expensive, but what exactly does it mean for something to be bespoke? Well, quite simply, it means that item is custom-made. In the case of clothes (which […]

Chagrin: noun; distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humuliated

Words to Know: Chagrin

How many times have you come across the expression, “Much to his/her/my chagrin…”? If you are a fan of period literature (or did your assigned readings in high school English), you would have come across this more than once. While you likely figured out more […]

Words to Know: Bee's Knees. Noun. A highly admired person or thing. The height of excellence

Words to Know: Bee’s Knees

Have you ever heard the expression “bee’s knees”? The first time I heard it, I thought it was just about the cutest phrase ever. But I’ve always wondered where it came from. Turns out, “Bee’s Knees” didn’t always express affection or admiration. According to the […]

Word of the Week: Flaxen - having a pale yellow colour of straw

Words to Know: Flaxen

I come across this word often in books (often in reference to hair) but while I had a vague idea of what it means based on context, I was never entirely sure of the specifics. Turns out, it’s simply a reference to colour! Essentially, someone […]

Word of the Week: Enigma. Noun. Someone or something that is difficult to understand or explain

Words to Know: Enigma

This is one of my favourite words in the English language because it’s simple, sophisticated, precise, and a bit mysterious, all at the same time. Far from just being a character name in Batman, this is a great way to politely describe someone or something […]

Endemic. Adjective. (Of a disease or condition) regularly found among particular people or in a certain area. (Of a plant or animal) native or restricted to a certain place

Words to Know: Endemic

This is a great one to know because you often hear it on the news but many people aren’t quite sure what it means. Simplified, it basically denotes a location, be it geographic or demographic. For other uses, pronunciation clip and sample usage visit the […]

Ambivalent. Adjective. Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.

Words to Know: Ambivalent

“Ambivalent” is a great word to know if you want to express your uncertainly or confusion about a particular subject in a professional manner. Because sometimes, “well, I just don’t know…” simply won’t cut it. For a pronunciation sound clip and sample usage visit the […]

Pansophic. Adjective. Of or relating to universal wisdom of encyclopedic knowledge, or a system of universal knowledge

Words to Know: Pansophic

  I believe in the power of a good vocabulary. It makes you a stronger writer, allows you to express yourself much more clearly, and makes people more likely to respect your opinions as those of an educated, well-spoken professional. As a bonus, it’s good […]