Word of the day

proceeding from or revealing generosity or nobility of mind, character, etc.: a magnanimous gesture of forgiveness.
high-minded; noble: a just and magnanimous ruler.
generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness: to be magnanimous toward one’s enemies.

sap·o·rif·ic [sap-uh-rif-ik]

producing or imparting flavor or taste.
Origin: 1695–1705; < New Latin sapōrificus, equivalent to Latin sapōr-, stem of sapor savor + -i- -i- + -ficus -fic

—Related forms
non·sap·o·rif·ic, adjective

That’s really interesting. If I had to guess that definition, I would have went the opposite direction. ‘Sap’ sounds more like absorbing flavor.

I took a couple days off posting the WOTD. There were some good ones this weekend.

Word of the Day - hortatory: urging to some course of conduct or action; encouraging.

I share the meaning of sap to be “take away from” @tim. I know sabor is flavor in Spanish as is " lubracanté sabor a tocino".

It’s neat that both the old english/germainic roots share the meaning with the Latin roots. sapor - Wiktionary

pe·nu·ri·ous [puh-noo r-ee-uh s, -nyoo r-]


extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly.
extremely poor; destitute; indigent.
poorly or inadequately supplied; lacking in means or resources.
Origin: 1590–1600; < Medieval Latin pēnūriōsus. See penury, -ous

—Related forms
pe·nu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
pe·nu·ri·ous·ness, noun
un·pe·nu·ri·ous, adjective
un·pe·nu·ri·ous·ly, adverb
un·pe·nu·ri·ous·ness, noun


  1. tight, close, niggardly.


  1. generous.

Usage note
The words niggard and niggardly are sometimes misinterpreted as racial slurs because they sound like the highly offensive word nigger. However, niggard dates back to Middle English. The first element nygg-, nig- was borrowed from a Scandinavian source, and -ard is a pejorative suffix. The English word niggardly is a modern English formation from niggard. Therefore these two words are not etymologically related to nigger.

nom·i·nal·ize [nom-uh-nl-ahyz]

—verb (used with object), nom·i·nal·ized, nom·i·nal·iz·ing.

to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.
Also, especially British, nom·i·nal·ise.
Origin: 1650–60; nominal + -ize

—Related forms
nom·i·nal·i·za·tion, adjective

splen·dif·er·ous [splen-dif-er-uh s]


splendid; magnificent; fine.
Origin: 1425–75; late Middle English < Late Latin splendōrifer brightness-bearing (see splendor, -fer, -ous; loss of -or probably by shift of stress, syncope, and dissimilation) + -ous

—Related forms
splen·dif·er·ous·ly, adverb
splen·dif·er·ous·ness, noun

Oh I am adding this to my daily usage, most certainly. :smiley:

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