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  • Word of the Day
    labyrinthine

    lae b@ rIn thihn  [or]  lae b@ rIn thin

    adjective
    1.  of, resembling, or forming a labyrinth.
    We followed our guide through the labyrinthine catacombs.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    landlocked

    laend lakt

    adjective
    lacking access to the sea.
    Paraguay and Bolivia are the only landlocked countries in South America; all the other countries border the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans, or both in the case of Colombia.

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May
20
2013

noisome

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 noI səm

adjective

definition 1. offensive or disgusting, esp. in smell; foul.
example: The field hospital was a noisome place that reeked of human filth and human misery.

How to remember this word’s meaning

The meaning of this word is not easy to guess and may be hard to remember because it looks like it might be formed from the base word “noise” plus the adjective-forming suffix, “-some.” However, if we remove the suffix “-some” from the word, we are left with “noi,” the real root in this word–and the same root that appears in the word “annoy.” In Middle English, “noy” meant “annoyance,” “trouble,” “harm or injury.” If you remember the connection between “annoy” and “noisome,” and also think of “noisome” as “NOSE-some” (even though there is no etymological link at all here with “nose”), you should increase your chances of recalling this word’s meaning when you next encounter it.