Word of the Day – Gewgaw

By March 1, 2017 Word of the Day

Gewgaw (noun)

gyew-gaw

A showy thing, especially one that is useless or worthless.

What an interesting word, I’d never heard it before reading it in a news story and having to look it up for myself.

Example sentences

“You want something that shows thought, not some gewgaw that ends up on a closet shelf.”

“The bookshelves are pine, and contain six levels of books each, with knickknacks and gewgaws on each level.”

Word of the Day – Azimuth

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Azimuth (noun)

az-ee-muth

The horizontal angle or direction of a compass bearing.

Late Middle English (denoting the arc of a celestial circle from the zenith to the horizon): from Old French azimut, from Arabic as-samt, from al ‘the’ + samt ‘way, direction’.

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