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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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  • uncanny

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 17, 2018 is:

    uncanny • \un-KAN-ee\  • adjective

    1 : seeming to have a supernatural character or origin : eerie, mysterious

    2 : being beyond what is normal or expected : suggesting superhuman or supernatural powers


    Our waiter had an uncanny resemblance to the creepy villain in the film we had just seen.

    "One of the premier shape-shifters of his generation of actors, able to convincingly play an uncanny variety of characters, Paul Dano would seem to have slipped easily into yet another role: that of accomplished director." — Kenneth Turan, The Portland Press Herald, 28 Jan. 2018

    Did you know?

    Weird and eerie are synonyms of uncanny, but there are subtle differences in the meanings of the three words. Weird may be used to describe something that is generally strange or out of the ordinary. Eerie suggests an uneasy or fearful consciousness that some kind of mysterious and malign powers are at work, while uncanny, which debuted in the 18th century, implies disquieting strangeness or mysteriousness. English also has a word canny, but canny and uncanny should not be interpreted as opposites. Canny, which first appeared in English in the 16th century, means "clever," "shrewd," or "prudent," as in "a canny lawyer" or "a canny investment."

  • anent

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 16, 2018 is:

    anent • \uh-NENT\  • preposition

    : about, concerning


    "Whatever the case, the undertaking was soon abandoned in disappointment and apparently with strong feelings anent the region itself." — Wesley Frank Craven, The Southern Colonies in the 17th Century, 1970

    "The Act had been a sensible idea. Its absence would be noted. Not least among minority communities who welcomed the protection available from Section Six of the Act anent Online communications." — Brian Taylor,, 25 Jan. 2018

    Did you know?

    Anent looks like a rather old-fashioned word, and it is, in fact, very old: an earlier sense of the word can be found in Beowulf, from approximately 800 C.E. Anent was at one point almost obsolete—it had nearly died out by the 17th century—but it was revived in the 19th century. Various usage commentators have decried anent as "affected" and "archaic." The former complaint seems like a harsh judgment, and the latter is untrue: although anent is rarely heard in speech, examples of current use can easily be found in written sources, especially in Scottish English. Once a favored preposition in Scots law, it turns up today in the occasional letter to the editor ("Anent your article on…"). Dead words do occasionally rise from the grave, and anent is one of them.

  • telegenic

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 15, 2018 is:

    telegenic • \tel-uh-JEN-ik\  • adjective

    : well-suited to the medium of television; especially : having an appearance and manner that are markedly attractive to television viewers


    The future looks promising for this charismatic and telegenic young politician.

    "[Shaun] White is a telegenic guy; he's been a corporate-sponsored snowboarder since the tender age of 7, and won gold medals in both 2006 and 2010." — Sonia Saraiya, Variety, 18 Feb. 2018

    Did you know?

    Telegenic debuted in the 1930s, an offspring of television and photogenic, meaning "suitable for being photographed especially because of visual appeal." The word photogenic had other, more technical meanings before it developed that one in the early decades of the 20th century, but the modern meaning led to the sense of -genic that interests us here: "suitable for production or reproduction by a given medium." That sense is found in today's word, telegenic, as well as its synonym, videogenic. Telegenic may seem like a word that would primarily be used of people, but there is evidence for telegenic describing events (such as popular sports), objects, and responses. Occasionally, one even sees reference to a telegenic attitude or other intangible.