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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.



March 7th, 2015

Episode 128 of 681 episodes

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for March 07, 2015 is: dyspepsia \dis-PEP-shuh\ noun 1 : indigestion 2 : ill humor : disgruntlement Examples: The meatball sandwich was delicious, but not worth the dyspepsia suffered because of it. "His Coughlin Sideline Scowl ought to be copyrighted. It's a perfect blend of dyspepsia, anger, frustration, and befuddlement. No one expresses displeasure any better or more photogenically." Bob Brookover, Philadelphia Inquirer, December 7, 2014 Did you know? When people get indigestion, they are often affected by nausea, heartburn, and gasthings that can cause the world's greatest gastronome to curse the world's most delectable dishes. So, it is no wonder that dyspepsia, a word for indigestion, has also come to mean "ill humor" or "disgruntlement." The word itself is ultimately derived from the Greek prefix dys- ("faulty" or "impaired") and the verb pessein ("to cook" or "to digest"). To please the wordmonger's appetite, we would like to end with this tasty morsel: Dyspepsia has an opposite, eupepsiaa rarely used word meaning "good digestion."

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