Word of the Day : November 5, 2018
mordant \MOR-dunt\ adjective
1 : biting and caustic in thought, manner, or style : incisive
2 : acting as a mordant (as in dyeing)
3 : burning, pungent
Did You Know?
The etymology of mordant certainly has some bite to it. That word, which came to modern English through Middle French, ultimately derives from the Latin verb mordēre, which means "to bite." In modern parlance, mordant usually suggests a wit that is used with deadly effectiveness. Mordēre puts the bite into other English terms, too. For instance, that root gave us the tasty morsel ("a tiny bite"). But nibble too many of those and you'll likely be hit by another mordēre derivative: remorse ("guilt for past wrongs"), which comes from Latin remordēre, meaning "to bite again."
Aired November 5, 2018
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