Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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May
07
2014

pabulum

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paeb yə ləm
noun

1. a soft substance that serves to nourish.
2weak or banal ideas; pablum.

…we’re in English class, which for most of us is an excruciating exercise in staying awake through the great classics of literature. These works– groundbreaking, incendiary, timeless– have been pureed by the curriculum monsters into a digestible pabulum of themes and factoids we can spew back on a test. Scoring well on tests is the sort of happy thing that gets the school district the greenbacks they crave. Understanding and appreciating the material are secondary.”
― Libba Bray, Going Bovinepablum