1/20/22: quell (kwel), v.

1. to suppress; put an end to; extinguish.

IN A SENTENCE: Ernest did all he could to quell the gassy sounds he was making, but the police found him anyway.

12/22/21: acerbic (uh-SUR-bik), adj.

2. harsh or severe (in temper or expression).

IN A SENTENCE: Wanda's​ acerbic reaction to the ref's foul call earned her two technical fouls, an ejection, AND a frowny face.

11/26/21: trepid (trep-id), adj.

1. fearful or apprehensive, especially trembling from fear.

IN A SENTENCE: Jane's new Royals cap made her less trepid around the Crips down her block.

9/5/21: exalt (ig-zawlt), v.

1. to raise in rank, honor, power, etc.​

IN A SENTENCE: Darren was set to exalt Mitch to assistant manager before Mitch brought a raccoon to eat for lunch. 

8/26/21: fatuous (fach-oo-uhs), adj.

1. foolish or inane.​

IN A SENTENCE: Alan's fatuous stunts included attending his aunt's funeral in her clothes.

8/16/21: consecrate (kon-si-kreyt), v.

3. to devote or dedicate to some purpose.

IN A SENTENCE: Despite ridicule, Eric consecrated himself to eliminating profanity in the inner cities.

8/6/21: tacit (tas-it); adj.

1. understood without being openly expressed; implied.​

IN A SENTENCE: Corrine was given a tacit warning to stop leaving gravy on Mark's porch.

7/26/21: convivial (kuhn-viv-ee-uhl); adj.


1. friendly, agreeable.​

IN A SENTENCE: Lester could be too convivial, like when his doctor convinced him to go home without his pants.