Anathema, legerdemain and sanguine are words I randomly selected from the dictionary. Do you know what they mean?
If not, Tuesday is the perfect day to look them up because it’s Dictionary Day. The day honors Noah Webster, who is considered the Father of the American Dictionary. He was born on Oct. 16, 1758.
The day is intended to emphasize the importance of dictionary skills, and seeks to improve vocabulary.
Why not learn some new words today?
PS If you’re feeling lazy, here are the definitions of the words, all of which appear on the SAT:
Anathema: (n.) a cursed, detested person (I never want to see that murderer. He is an anathema to me.)
Legerdemain: (n.) deception, slight-of-hand (Smuggling the French plants through customs by claiming that they were fake was a remarkable bit of legerdemain.)
Sanguine: (adj.) optimistic, cheery (Polly reacted to any bad news with a sanguine smile and the chirpy cry, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!”)