Word of the Day:

I recently downloaded a new Dictionary app on my iPad (because I’m so cool) and I thought the following was interesting:

It’s the list of the “trending” words right now. I love the idea of multiple people across the country looking up some of these words. I imagine them all reading the same NY Times article, or watching the news and an interesting work piques their interest. It makes me glad that people are still out there learning and growing, I guess!

In that vein, here’s a new word I’ve recently added to my vocabulary that I’m pretty excited about: Beatitude. I’ve always related it to Beatniks for some reason, but here it is:

Beatitude;

  1. Supreme blessedness; exalted happiness.
  2. Any of the declarations of blessedness pronounced by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount.

The thesaurus likens this word to “blessedness,” “euphoria” and “delirium”

Used in a sentence: With the holidays right around the corner, I have begun humming Christmas tunes and dreaming of a decked-out “deck the halls” with a beatific smile on my face.

Definition via thefreedictionary.com. Illustration by me.