Word of the Day: Boggle

By Daniel Scocco

Boggle (bŏg’əl) means to hesitate or shy away. It can also refer to a situation where something is overcome by fright or astonishment; hence why people say “it boggles the mind.”

Aside from the equivalence between abortion and Nazi death camps, the idea that Roe v. Wade is responsible for immigration — the mind boggles. (NY Times)

IBM and a Swiss team are undertaking a project that will boggle the mind, literally. The teams plan on creating the world’s first computer-based model of the human brain, an effort that will require a supercomputer capable of functioning at more than one teraflop. (USA Today)

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7 Responses to “Word of the Day: Boggle”

  • Twigets

    Hello,
    I’m happy that I subscribed to your RSS Feeds 🙂 Will you be having a new word every single day?

  • Daniel Scocco

    Twigets, the last month was really busy so the frequency of the “Word of the Day” went down.

    The plan is to do at least 3 of them every week, if possible more.

    Thanks for subscribing!

  • Twigets

    Oh Okay then, hope that there will be more than 3.
    You’re welcome, it’s my pleasure!

  • Sharon

    Boggle is also the name of a popular word game where you have a four by four letter grid and have to make as many three letter words as possible. There are many variations and clones which call for even longer words. More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boggle

  • Daniel Scocco

    Indeed Sharon, thanks for complementing the post.

  • Rachel

    Boggle’s a great word, but in that second example, I think my favorite word is “teraflop.”

    I realize it’s a scientific, quantifiable computer term, but it just sounds so silly…

  • Daniel Scocco

    Rachel, I will cover that up today or tomorrow, thanks for the tip!

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