#WordOfTheDay – Newfangled is one word

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Today’s word sounds very attractive right? What could it mean? Before we tell you the meaning, let’s go back into history. 

Newfangled is actually a pretty old word. It dates all the way back to the 15th century, and likely developed from a combination of the Middle English newe, meaning new, and the Old English fangol, from a verb meaning “to take.

Now can you guess what it means? 

Newfangled means attracted to novelty or the newest style or kind of a thing. Don’t make a mistake of writing new fangled. It is Newfangled

Here are a few synonyms of this word; Ultra modern, new, contemporary, fashionable

Look at this word in a few examples and be sure to form your own sentences

  1. My grandson owns all of the latest newfangled electronics.

  2. I don’t understand the newfangled speech used by teenagers


#WordOfTheDay – This is what Parlous means

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Hey Sparkle Writers, we have another word that would sure interest you. We bet your new story will come alive if you use it. 

The word is Parlous and is pronounced as /pär-ləs \.

Parlous is an adverb and could mean full of danger or uncertainty. It could also mean greatly or excessively.

Here are a few words that are similar in meaning to parlous: Bad, dreadful, frightful, grave, uncertain

 Let’s use this word in a few sentences. 
The company is in a parlous financial situation. 
He talked about the parlous state of the country
Now make your own sentences and share them with us in the comment section. 

#WordOfTheDay – Learn what excoriate means

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Whoosh! The new words just don’t stop coming. Today, we have another word which, even though it looks difficult, is pretty simple. 

Excoriate means to remove part of the surface of (the skin). Have you used this word, in this context before? 

These words are similar in meaning to excoriate – rub away, rub off, rub raw, scrape, scratch, chafe, damage.

Here’s an example of how to use the word;

The discharge is acrid and excoriates the skin of the nose.

As vocabulary students, we however know that one word could mean more than one thing. Excoriate is one of those words. 

It could also mean to criticize (someone) severely.

Here’s another example;

He excoriated the government for censorship.

I don’t agree with excoriating the vice chancellor in public.

#WordOfTheDay – This is what hoax means

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If you have been following our #WordOfTheDay series then you must know that we’ve been on a roll.  We’ve discovered so many words that we didn’t know existed.

Today’s word seems rather simple but the meaning is simpler. 

Hoax is a verb that means to trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often preposterous. It could also mean something accepted or established by fraud or fabrication.

Here are a few words that are similar in meaning to hoax: Trick, Jest, Prank, Delude. 

Look at a few examples ;

The bomb threat is probably a hoax, but we should still evacuate the building.

She was the victim of a cruel hoax.

#WordOfTheDay – Meander is not a difficult word


Hey Sparkle Writers, we are super excited to bring a new word to you this Wednesday. Before we continue, what did you do with last week’s word? Use it in a sentence if you haven’t done so already. 

Today’s word is meander. Wondering why we say it is not a difficult word? It’s because you have used its synonyms so many times. We just want you to get familiar with it too. 

Meander is pronounced /mɪˈandə/.

It could be used to describe a river or road following a winding course – zigzagwindtwistturncurvecurl. 

Meander could also mean to wander aimlessly or casually without urgent destination. In this case roam or ramble would be perfect synonyms. ‘

Here are a few examples;

My dog meanders round the street every night. 

The trail meanders through towering evergreens, over a river and beside a fountain. 

#WordOfTheDay – This is what plangent means


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Hey Sparkle Writers. Welcome to another Word Of The Day segment, aka another opportunity to learn a new word.

Today’s word is Plangent and although it sounds pretty strange because we also haven’t heard it before, it means having a loud reverberating sound or having an expressive and especially plaintive quality.

Did You Know?

Plangent adds power to our poetry and prose: the pounding of waves, the beat of wings, the tolling of a bell, the throbbing of the human heart, a lover’s knocking at the door—all have been described as plangent. 

For example 

The campers were awoken by the plangent howl of a coyote off in the distance.

We hope you use this word soon!

WordOfTheDay – Learn what highbinder means

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There are some words you hear and you wonder who thought of them. Today’s word is one of those. Our word for today is “highbinder.

The word is pronounced (HY-byn-duhr).

It is a noun used to mean a swindler, gangster, or a corrupt politician. It’s that simple. 


Nigerians politicians have often been described by the media as highbinders.

She cried when she realized that she had just had an encounter with an highbinder.

Highbinders are prominent personalities on the streets of computer village, Ikeja.



#WordOfTheDay – This is what idyllic means


Our word for today is…‘Idyllic’

It is pronounced as [ahy-dil-ik].

It is an adjective meaning extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.

The synonyms of the word are wonderful, peaceful, perfect, ideal.


The idyllic setting had a therapeutic effect on her health.

The ranch owned by Mr. Laser is idyllic.


#WordOfTheDay – Olid may be an old word but it is still relevant

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Sour, foul, decomposing, offensive. What do they have in common? They are synonyms for our #WordOfTheDay. 

Can you guess what it is? Let’s give you another hint. It is an old word and is hardly used. 

Our Word of The Day is Olid

Ever heard the of word before? It is pronounced as [O-lid].

Olid is an adjective that means foul-smelling or evil-smelling.

Here are a few examples;

The damp rug gave off an olid smell.

The public toilet in my area is naturally olid.

#WordOfTheDay – Ever heard of groggy?

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Hey Sparkle Writers, we hope you are loving this segment as much as we are.  The word for today is ‘groggy’

It is pronounced as [GROG-ee]. It is an adjective that means dazed; weak or unsteady as from lack of sleep, tiredness, sickness, intoxication, etc.

The word has a weird origin or etymology. It came from the nickname of Admiral Edward Vernon (1684-1757), who ordered diluted rum to be served to his sailors (and thus helped coin the term grog). The admiral earned the nickname from his habit of wearing a grogram cloak. Grogram is a coarse fabric of silk, wool, mohair, or a blend of them.


The drugs made her groggy

There was more than enough alcohol to make a full grown person groggy.

The series of sleepless nights made Adams groggy.