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A.Word.A.Day--ebullient

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After reading a bedtime story to my daughter, I sometimes ask her "So, what do you think of the book?" More often than not, the answer is a simple "Good."

I tell her that the word "good" is banned. The book could be funny, boring, interesting, scary, lovely, awful, awesome, delightful, ... or a combination of terms. Anything but good. It's time to give the tired words "good" and "bad" a well-deserved rest.

I think the same applies for people. People are rarely just good or bad. This week's words will show five words to describe them.

ebullient (i-BUL-yuhnt, -BOOL-) adjective

Bubbling with enthusiasm or excitement.

[From Latin ebullire (to boil up), from bulla (bubble).]

See more usage examples of ebullient in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The cranky senior citizen of the televised leaders' debate was replaced by an ebullient man with a spring in his step and an enthusiastic handshake." Larissa Dubecki; Howard Rediscovers Charm in Street Walk; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Nov 2, 2007.

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What matters is not the idea a man holds, but the depth at which he holds it. -Ezra Pound, poet (1885-1972)

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