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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

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  • volatile

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

    volatile • \VAH-luh-tul\  • adjective

    1 a : characterized by or subject to rapid or unexpected change

    b : unable to hold the attention fixed because of an inherent lightness or fickleness of disposition

    2 a : tending to erupt into violence : explosive

    b : easily aroused

    c : lighthearted, lively

    3 : readily vaporizable at a relatively low temperature

    4 : difficult to capture or hold permanently : evanescent, transitory

    5 : flying or having the power to fly


    Our financial advisor cautioned us to be conservative with our investments while the stock market was still volatile.

    "A second round of testing has been ordered for a Massachusetts charter school where elevated levels of toxic chemicals were detected. … Initial testing … found high levels of petroleum and other volatile organic compounds." — The Associated Press, 8 July 2018

    Did you know?

    Volatile was originally for the birds—quite literally. Back in the 14th century, volatile was a noun that referred to birds (especially wild fowl) or other winged creatures, such as butterflies. That's not as flighty as it sounds. Volatile traces back to the Latin verb volare, which means "to fly." By the end of the 16th century, people were using volatile as an adjective for things that were so light they seemed ready to fly. The adjective was soon extended to vapors and gases, and by the early 17th century, volatile was being applied to individuals or things as prone to sudden change as some gaseous substances. In recent years, volatile has landed in economic, political, and technical contexts far flown from its avian origins.

  • nonchalant

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

    nonchalant • \nahn-shuh-LAHNT\  • adjective

    : having an air of easy unconcern or indifference


    "After the doors closed, the man … grabbed onto the train from the outside. And off he went, surfing through the subway tunnel while some commuters … rode unsuspecting inside, according to a video captured by another subway rider…. The video … shows the man holding on in a calm, nonchalant manner, even letting down one of his arms." — Samantha Schmidt, The Washington Post, 12 July 2018

    "By the time of [Jennifer] Lawrence's arrival, the teenage girl sitting next to me—a Hunger Games obsessive—was completely starstruck, gawping and garbling. Obviously, I was the nonchalant journalist, unfazed by fame and all that nonsense." — The London Evening Standard, 20 Jan. 2014

    Did you know?

    Since nonchalant ultimately comes from words meaning "not" and "be warm," it's no surprise that the word is all about keeping one's cool. The French word nonchalant, which strolled into English in the 1700s, has essentially held the same meaning in English as in French. It was derived from the Old French verb nonchaloir ("to disregard") and can be traced back to Latin non ("not") and calēre," meaning "to be warm." Unconcerned is one synonym of nonchalant, along with casual, complacent, and insouciant.

  • gaffer

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 14, 2018 is:

    gaffer • \GAF-er\  • noun

    1 : an old man — compare gammer

    2 a British : foreman, overseer

    b British : employer

    3 : a head glassblower

    4 : a lighting electrician on a motion-picture or television set


    Before the first day of shooting, the gaffer spent several days setting up all the lights.

    "There were no gaffers or best boys or Foley artists who called Wilmington home. Many folks didn't even know what all those words meant." — Amy Hotz, The Star-News (Wilmington, North Carolina), 11 May 2018

    Did you know?

    Though movie and cinema buffs associate gaffer with Hollywood, the word actually pre-dates motion pictures by about 300 years. The first recorded use of gaffer dates from the 16th century, when it was used as a title of respect for an older gentleman. Later it was used as a generic noun for any elderly man, and then it picked up the sense "foreman" (still used in British English), perhaps because the foreman was the most experienced and, most likely, the oldest person in a work crew. Today gaffer is usually applied to the head lighting electrician on a movie set. The gaffer's assistant is called the best boy.