Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

Reviews For Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

I love to roll through a couple of these at the start of my walk. Especially appreciate the context and the word origins, which make it easier to remember the words later. I’m familiar with many of these words but I still learn a little something with each episode. Thank you, M-W!
It gives a little bit of context and a word that tends not to be over used.


I look forward to listening to the word of the day.
Just the right amount of vocabulary for the discriminating word nerd
An immediate favorite!
I really enjoy this podcast! Don’t be lily-livered - listen to this and expand your vocabulary. Even for words I’m familiar with, I learn something I didn’t know (like the origin of White Elephant!)
I'm out. I can't take it anymore. 25-30% of this podcast is advertising. It's a magnitude higher than it should be.
I can look up the definition long before the intro ad is over. Advertisers ruin everything.
I honestly can’t get enough. I find myself repeating what I thought I could have embraced more. It’s an opportunity to be enlightened. I get to know little gems about culture, history, and life that are treasures for the mind. If I didn’t pick up the word for the day immediately, it is often used shortly after on another day. I feel like I’m getting to hang out with Aristotle, Plato, and you. Thank you, Vaniar Lander
I can’t find past episodes. I want to listen to those episodes. Is there anyway?
Peer, Par: same Latin root.
Referencing your sponsor in the definitions really makes me want to unsubscribe.


By draney
Understand the need for ads, but quit with the PayPal words -- coin, remittance, pungle for god's sake -- or I'm done
As a career English teacher, I was more than disappointed at the mispronunciations of the word “despot” in the episode. The correct pronunciation of the second syllable is “putt,” not “pot.” Too bad the commentator didn’t look it up at Merriam-Webster.
One of my favorites. I wouldn’t mind 5 minutes per episode with a bit more explanation and more usage examples. But I still love it no matter what.
Everyone should hear this podcast. It’s so good. It’s smart and just cool. I don’t have a huge vocabulary and you need one to enjoy words, or this podcast.
Audio isn’t great. Sounds like the guy is sitting too far away from the mic or the room has an echo. The intro and outro are WAY louder than the rest of the episodes. Please fix.
I enjoy Peter’s voice. He pauses just when I need a moment to reflect on what I am hearing. The examples and word origins are interesting and helpful.
The album figure may be have a problem of showing on iPhone. Will it be fixed ?
Exactly what it should be: short, digestible and intriguing.
So many podcasts have gotten too long and cumbersome. This is short, simple, and informative. A great refresher and teaching app. Don’t change a thing.
I use MW dictionary everyday and I do not recommend this podcast. Don’t get me wrong, MW dictionary IS the best dictionary out there, but that doesn’t change the fact that a dictionary podcast is BORING!
Changing definitions for political reasons relegates you to the #fakenews dustbin.
This podcast is very kind and helpful for me to learn a new vocabulary and its history. The description of the word is very well written as well. I am not only able to listen to it but also can read the word and its description. I am very grateful for it. Thank you MW.


By Vosgita
This is the best idea for a podcast, thank you.
It is very informative. Nice to learn about history of each word.
I enjoy this podcast, not only because I am a logophile myself, but because learning words is not just about words. It is history, geography, science, and it enhances your understanding of the languages and people around you. Also, even for words I think I already fully grasp this podcast enlarges the scope of my understanding of the additional uses of those words. Keep ‘em coming.
Wishing it were a more interesting list.
This podcast starts off my daily news feed. I enjoy the information that is shared on each words etymology. Even when there's a word that I already know, I learn something new about the history of that word.
I love the content of this podcast, and a 3 minute length is refreshing, but it's really irritating that none of the episodes download. I can still get them but downloading would be nice. It's not me, it's you.
Daily dose of word of the day is highly recommended. Make yourself smarter. Listen closely and you'll catch some sly witticisms slipped in occasionally. The narrator, Peter S., is the best!!!


By ggosy
Just discovered this. Will add to my daily feed. Thanks!
If you like word of the day calendars, this is the audio version of that.
Can't download 😒
This is a great podcast and I've been listening to it for years. Earlier I was able to auto-download the episodes and play them whenever and wherever but for a few months now the download feature is not working at all. This is a huge drawback for those of us who want to catch up. Please fix it.
The word of the day is not downloading and draining my battery cancelled it.
This is a very well-rounded podcast that is a must-listen for any writer.
Ever wondered why you can be disgruntled but never gruntled? Curious about whether there was ever an actual "riot act"? Want to know what contumely means? Then you should listen to this podcast. It provides the definition, context, and etymology of an interesting word everyday in less than 3 minutes. Plus it's Merriam-Webster so no unnecessary vowels inherited from the French.
Highly useful tool for vocabulary expansion. As a former HS foreign language teacher, I particularly appreciate the etymology and word origin
it's great that webster came up to this type of podcast. men, m-w never fails to amaze me.
I love this podcast. So helpful and good for expanding your vocab.
Mostly a great podcast. Very informative and great background on the origin of the words. Unfortunately I had to unsubscribe because the repetitive ads at the beginning were too annoying. Upon receiving so many episodes - daily I believe - I'd like to listen to several at a time. But doing so feels like one long advertisement for their English as a second language product.
The podcast itself is excellent. But I and, at it appears, many others have consistent problems downloading it. Please fix!
This podcast gives the spelling, meaning, pronunciation and origin of the word. It dresses it up in fun music along with tongue in cheek summaries.
How do you mess this up on a daily basis?!! Like learning new words, but also want to know how it is spelled visually. NPR kind of voice. Feel like I am listening to a spelling bee.
The words and titles don't match anymore, so I've in subscribed from this podcast. It's unfortunate, since it was so enjoyable/helpful (i.e. fed my inner nerd), but if the premier dictionary can't get it right, then I won't bother listening.
The words listed don't match the actual "word of the day." It would be nice if this was fixed. Otherwise, a good podcast. Simple and quick. I even try to use the word at some point during the day.