Word(s) of the day


a person who studies or is an expert in the branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases.

“epidemiologists are warning of a new pandemic”


creating a more serious, sensible, or solemn mood.

“a sobering thought”


a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation.

“Ronnie was in a quandary

a difficult situation; a practical dilemma.

“a legal quandary”

set off

begin a journey.

“they set off together in the small car”


to try to persuade a politician, the government, or an official group that a particular thing should or should not happen, or that a law should be changed

“Small businesses have lobbied hard for/against changes in the tax laws.”
“Local residents lobbied to have the factory shut down.”
“They have been lobbying Congress to change the legislation concerning guns.”


compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something.

“the athletes were vying for a place in the British team”

sniff at

to show dislike or disapproval of (something) especially because one thinks it is not important or worthy of respect

“Some people sniff at the idea of using fake flowers.”
“It’s not a big profit, but it’s not to be sniffed at.”
“Your accomplishment is nothing to sniff at.”


pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.

“a business that thrives on schadenfreude”


the action of clearing someone of blame or suspicion.

“I intend to work to ensure my full vindication”

proof that someone or something is right, reasonable, or justified.

“the results were interpreted as vindication of the company’s policy”

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