Today’s Word of the Day is empirical which means “based on observation or experience.” This is one of those words you learn as a kid in school, whether in Science class in grammar school or in Chemistry (more likely) in high school. In short, empirical evidence is something you can see and measure. For example, writing down the temperature you see on a thermometer is empirical evidence. Looking at a scale to read what something weighs, then writing it down or notating it somewhere, is another form of empirical evidence. Of course, this doesn’t have to refer to just numbers you log in a notebook somewhere. You can look at the state of things in this country right now and get a lot of empirical evidence for how badly it’s been fucked up. 102,000 dead Americans in three months. Highest unemployment rate since the Great Depression. The riots in Minnesota. Empirical evidence everywhere.