Words at Play Opportunity, and Other Words We Love Most Popular Tweets About Words, Vol. 2 Opportunity A selection of the most retweeted posts about words and language from @MerriamWebster. Words We Love: "Opportunity" is rooted in the Latin for "toward the harbor." We hope good things come your way too, by land or sea. 1/10 Pentasyllabic Taking Pleasure in the Little Things: "pentasyllabic," which means "having five syllables," has five syllables. You're welcome. 2/10 Estivate Great Word for a Hot Day: "estivate" : "to pass the summer in a state of torpor" (usually used for animals, but perhaps you can relate). 3/10 April "April" probably derives from the Latin aperire ("to open"), a possible reference to plant buds opening at this time of year in Rome. 4/10 Hemidemisemiquaver Words We Love: "Hemidemisemiquaver," another name for a sixty-fourth note in music. Maybe the longest word for the shortest thing we know. 5/10 Cold A few cheerful words for today's weather: frosty, frigid, glacial, nippy, polar, shivery, crisp. (Happy Cold Winter Day!) 6/10 Risky Choice Unromantic Word Alert: As a synonym for "beautiful," "pulchritudinous" is a risky choice (especially if you're rhyming it with "glutinous") 7/10 Blockbuster Words We Love: "Blockbuster" once referred to high-explosive bombs. Now the word often describes big-budget hit films. An antonym is "bomb." 8/10 Dime Words in Your Pocket: The origin of "quarter" is easy to figure out... but "dime"? It comes from the Latin for "tenth." 9/10 Recovery Up Next Seen & Heard: Good Quotes From Great Books Hoping our east coast readers are recovering well. A few good post-hurricane words we keep hearing: Compassion, Optimism, Resolve Want more? Please visit Most Popular Tweets About Words, Vol. 1 10/10 Seen & Heard: Good Quotes From Great Books Up Next More Words At Play Kafkaesque Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical Fat-Finger To mistype something How Icy Greenland Got Its Name Was 'Even Icier Land' taken? 10 Words Shakespeare Never Invented We'll explain the confusion Seen and Heard TRENDING NOW Kafkaesque Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical Donnybrook The origin story is true Transgender The word is more than 45 years old Choaspes A limerick to help you pronounce it Triskaidekaphobia Fear of the number 13 SEE ALL Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!