WORDS OF THE DAY

Denouement
dā-ˌnü-ˈmä
Part of speech: noun
Origin: French
1

The resolution of a plot’s many threads

2

The culmination of a series of events

Examples of Denouement in a sentence

“The final episode of the series tied up all loose ends and was the satisfying denouement we’d waited for.”

“If you want a happy ending, you will be disappointed by the play’s denouement.”

 

WORD OF THE DAY

Senescence
si-ˈne-sᵊn(t)s
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin
1

The aging process

2

In nature, a cell’s loss of the ability to divide

Examples of Senescence in a sentence

“Senescence comes with aches and pains, but it’s also a time to look back on your life.”

“The oak tree in the backyard has reached its senescence; we’ll have to have it removed before it falls on the house.”

 

WORD OF THE DAY

Tootle
ˈtü-tᵊ
Part of speech: verb
Origin: English, early 19th century
1

To toot gently, repeatedly, or continuously on an instrument

2

To travel in a leisurely manner

Examples of Tootle in a sentence

“He tootled a tune on his flute.”

“We tootle along on Sundays in our car, enjoying the flowers and taking in the sunshine.”

WORD OF THE DAY

Persnickety
pər-ˈsni-kə-tē
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Scottish English
1

Overly concerned with minor details

2

Finicky or very particular

3

Requiring very precise or careful attention

Examples of Persnickety in a sentence

“He considered himself a foodie and was very persnickety about the restaurants he patronized.”

“Her persnickety ways often kept her from meeting deadlines.”

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