Thursday, October 15, 2015

Word of the Day: Miasma

Okay, here's your word of the day from Merriam-Webster!  Miasma is a noun (pronounced mye-AZ-muh).  See below for definition and examples from M-W. Now grab your coffee, snap out of your morning miasma, and go dazzle your friends!

: a vaporous exhalation formerly believed to cause disease; also : a heavy vaporous emanation or atmosphere
: an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt; also : an atmosphere that obscures : fog
"A local photographer graciously let me borrow a good lens-cleaning cloth, which I used repeatedly in the swirling miasma of mist and rain." — Clark Fair, The Alaska Dispatch News, 13 Sept. 2015

"Economists say Greece, which had only started to recover from a grinding five-year recession, risks a relapse because of the miasma of financial uncertainty." — Jack Ewing and Liz Alderman, The New York Times, 7 May 2015

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