While my email inbox seems to fill up pretty quickly most days, there is one thing that I am always happy to receive: a new word. The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) offers a word a day for free to anyone willing to take the time to sign up here. I have recently signed up, and I just love this service! This will be a helpful vocabulary boosting exercise for those of you who are studying for the GRE, but it is also a lot of fun. Not only do you receive a new word (even if it isn’t new, you will learn something new about it), but you also learn etymology and, my favorite feature, instances of usage by well-known writers. Yesterday’s word, for example, was apoptosis, a noun derived from an ancient Greek word meaning “falling off or falling away.” Now apoptosis has a biological meaning that concerns the death of individual cells. This was a new word for me, and I was interested to learn that it was used by John Updike in his eighteenth novel Toward the End of Time (1997). The OED Word of the Day usually appears in my inbox around 7:30 PM, and I already can’t wait to learn what today’s word will be.