Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Found: Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day is a good one.

pabulum (noun)

1 : food; especially : a suspension or solution of nutrients in a state suitable for absorption
2 : intellectual sustenance
3 : something (as writing or speech) that is insipid, simplistic, or bland

I could use some pabulum (the #2 definition, not the #3--I have enough of that, thanks).


  1. I am so not good with effectively learning and using new words from definitions. My brain just doesn't process it right I think. Maybe I'm more auditory and need to hear the words and a proper use before it clicks into place. Or maybe I'm just on the dumb end of the stick. I don't know.

    But I do like this word :)

  2. Is it jut me or is pabulum kind of an ugly word? Sometimes I wonder if the words we don't use are not used for good reason.

  3. Megan,

    The great thing about M-W's word of the day is that they include a sentence using the word. They also have an audio button so you can hear the word spoken.

    In my daily dorky dealings, I try to use the M-W word of the day a few times. I also try to make my own goofy definition, for instance:

    Pabulum is like Naan for the mind.

  4. I signed up for those months ago because of you. :) My favorite was RIPSNORTER. And yes, I did sneak in into my MS. :)

  5. Thank you for your wonderful pabulum (def #2). I now feel like I'm filled with intelligence (well, I feel smarter than I did 30 seconds ago, anyway, cause I know a new word)!