Monday, February 11, 2013

Word of the Day: Modicum

Modicum (mod`ə-kəm), n. A moderate or small quantity.

In the middle of an argument I was having, I flung my hands in the air and said, "You don't even have a mordicum... modicrum... whatever-that-word-is of sense!" Embarrassed, I immediately turned to my dictionary, and it turns out the 'R' I was sure was in 'modicum' was nowhere to be had, thus giving us our first Word of the Day!
In a sentence:
 ~ The hungry man wished he had just a modicum of food to put in his belly, so that it might stop grumbling at him.
 ~ Every city goer must have a modicum of change in their pocket, just enough to last the parking meter a few hours.

How would you use 'modicum' in a sentence?


  1. That YA heroine didn't have a modicum of good judgment. She heard a noise outside and went to open the front door.

    Two sentences ;)

    1. Hahahahaha! SO TRUE! Stupid YA heroines ^_^

  2. There is not a modicum of peanut butter left in the bucket. How irritating... I just bought it two days ago.

    :-) Love it!

    1. Thanks! Great example, haha. This happened to me yesterday with the strawberry jam. Very disappointing.


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