Britannica’s Word of the Day

Sam (@SamJDThomas)

The first thing that strikes you when you browse Word of the Day by Britannica is the absolutely stunning illustrations that accompany the variety of words that have been chosen to feature inside. The illustrations draw your eye to each word, and ignite your imagination with whatever illustrated content features on the page. The illustrations are intended to help children comprehend that which is being referenced in the definition of each word that has been chosen for this book, but they also genuinely spark your imagination with the attention to detail that has gone into each and every one of the illustrations, and you can envision them coming to life. My personal favourite is that of the pigeons in front of a wall clock to portray ‘punctual’, and that is because I can picture memories I have that involve pigeons, and I get an overwhelming feeling of fondness and nostalgia.

The words that feature in this incredibly informative and engaging book are separated into calendar months, and I like this detail to the book because it encourages you to read and learn the words that feature in the current calendar month section, or indeed use this definition of content to keep track of your progress if you are wanting to look through the book as a whole. My favourite word to feature in July’s section is ‘pulchritude’ as it isn’t a word I have come across before, and I very much enjoy books that extend readers knowledge like Word of the Day does.

Words inside this book are further separated to offer a new word for every day of the year, so readers can look forward to checking in daily for a new word to learn about, and this includes how to pronounce the word, which is broken down below each word. If we use ‘pulchritude’ as an example we are informed that it is pronounced ‘PUL-krih-tyood’. The definition for each word is formatted into bitesize amounts, and yet it teaches readers what the word means, and does it in a way that ensures readers comprehend the content through the non complicated clarification offered.

This would be an amazing addition to a primary school library, and classroom reading corners too. I also think this would be a fantastic choice for assemblies, all of which could add the word from that specific day, or a variety from the current month, and encourage learning, discussion, debate, and creative independent work too. With games like Wordle and Words on Stream (twitch) having grown in popularity across the world, and throughout the various age ranges, it is easy to see how this book will be an incredibly popular request from bookstores and libraries everywhere.

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Helen (@helenbyles)

Sometimes myself and my husband choose a random word and try and
get it into a sentence at some point in the day. It’s a fun game which
makes us laugh.
So when I discovered this book I thought it was great fun. I decided to
see what the word for my birthday was – well it was blackcurrant! We
all know what a blackcurrant is, a small fruit full of vitamin C.
I decided I wanted to learn about a more exotic word, so I tried
looking at my anniversary date which was acupuncture which again
is an everyday word. I needed a word that I’d never heard.
So I hunted through the book and I came across the word Injera ( in –
JAIR- uh).
So what does this word mean well here’s the explanation
Injera, a flat spongy bread traditionally made from Teff ( noun)
Injera is made from the flour of an ancient grass called Teffont,
that is native to the Eastern African countries of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
The bread is cooked on a hot skillet and dotted with air bubbles. Now
that is interesting.
What I like best about this book is that they break the word down
into smaller words so you can learn to say them, and of course each word
has its own picture.

Be sure to check out the other stops on this blog tour for more reviews and insight into Britannica’s Word of the Day, which is available to purchase from all good booksellers.

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