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 Lucifer In the flesh Trending at Merriam-Webster: Week of 4/24 Curious what news sent people to the dictionary this week? The True Story of the Backward Index These people needed a computer What to Call That Weird Thing Your Pet Does Besides 'cute' or 'annoying' Seen and Heard TRENDING NOW Lucifer In the flesh Élan Lookups increased 2600% after Cruz used the word to announce his running mate Collusion Trump accused Cruz and Kasich of collusion Icon, Iconic, & Iconoclastic Dearly beloved Impeach The word's meaning has changed over time SEE ALL Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!