Know Your Words
Discreet means on the down low, under the radar, careful, but discrete means individual or detached. To disillusion someone is to rid her of an illusion, like lifting up the curtain to show that the wizard is just a man. Dissolution , on the other hand, is when everything falls apart. Both are disappointing. These two words have been duking it out, but the battle may be over for uninterested.
Heavyweight disinterested has featherweight uninterested on the ropes. Seeing double?
Not quite! Dual is two, or double, but a duel is a fight. Economic is all about how money works, but something economical is a good deal. An elusive fairy is one you can't catch, but an illusive one was never really there at all. It was just an illusion! Going somewhere? Emigrate means to leave one's country to live in another. Immigrate is to come into another country to live permanently. Migrate is to move, like birds in the winter.
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No, it's not the name of the latest rapper from Detroit — eminent describes anyone who's famous. But imminent refers to something about to happen, like the next big thing's imminent rise to the top. These two words sound the same to some, but they're unrelated. No, it's not the name of the latest rapper from Detroit, but it could describe one — eminent describes anyone who's famous. Imminent refers to something about to happen. And anything immanent with an "a" in there is inherent, like that good attitude you were born with.
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Sympathy is easier because you just have to feel sorry for someone. To entitle means to give someone a rank or right, like if your perfect attendance entitles you to free ice cream at lunch. A title is the name of something, like the title of a song you wrote about ice cream. Entomology is the study of insects, but etymology is the study of words.
To envelop is to surround something completely. But an envelope is a piece of paper you put your love note in and lick to seal. With enVElop , the accent is on the second syllable, while with ENvelope, the accent is on the first. If she takes your husband for a ride, you feel jealousy. An epigram is a little poem or clever statement, but an epigraph is a specific kind of epigram : a witty statement that's inscribed somewhere, such as on a building or at the beginning of a chapter or book. An epitaph is written on a tombstone. An epithet is a nickname or a description of someone.
The words especially and specially , have just a hair's breadth of difference between them. Both can be used to mean "particularly. To exalt, means to glorify or elevate something, but to exult is to rejoice. Exalt your favorite pro-wrestler, Jesus, or your status in the world. Exult when you get the last two tickets to see your favorite band.
While both words can refer to ways to get rid of something — belly fat, Satan — that's where the similarities end. Exercise is physical activity but to exorcise is to cast out evil. Something expedient is helpful to you. The word facetious describes something you don't take seriously. Remove the middle "e," and factious describes a dissenting group. And finally there's fatuous , which is a fancy way to say dumb. Use the word farther when you mean physical distance, like if you run farther than your friend.
Use further for basically everything else. Further refers to abstractions like ideas or thoughts. To faze is to disturb, bother, or embarrass, but a phase is a stage or step. It could faze your family if your princess phase lasts well into your college years. When change is a brewin', remember: to ferment is to cause a chemical change to food or drink, like turning grapes into wine, but to foment is to stir up trouble, like turning a group of people into an angry mob.
Fictional , fictive , and fictitious all branch off the "fiction" tree, but fictional is literary, fictive is specific, and fictitious is just plain fake. Figuratively means metaphorically, and literally describes something that actually happened. If you say that a guitar solo literally blew your head off, your head should not be attached to your body.
Flair is a talent for something, like what the pro-wrestler Nature Boy Ric Flair had back in the day. Flaunt is to show off, but flout is to ignore the rules. Rebels do both — they flaunt their new pink motorcycles by popping a wheelie, and flout the law by running a red light. To flounder is to struggle, but to founder is to sink like a stone and fail. Both are fun as nouns, not so fun as verbs. Formerly is something that happened before, like when a pop star changed his name to a squiggle, he became known as The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
But formally comes from formal, or fancy, like the prom. Formidable describes a foe you're slightly afraid of, but formative describes what formed you. Perhaps a formidable gym teacher told you to get the lead out during your formative years in grade school, and now you're a world-class athlete. Or a bookworm, depending on how you react to formidable foes. Fortunate is lucky, but fortuitous means by chance or accident. To gibe is to sneer or heckle, but to jibe is to agree. Funny thing is, though, jibe is an alternate spelling of gibe , so surprise! People get them mixed up.
Gig with a hard "g" is a job. Jig , on the other hand, is a dance. The kind a band might do when they land a gig headlining Madison Square Garden. Blood, guts, and man-eaters, oh my! Faint of heart turn back now! Grisly means relating to horror or disgust, gristly means related to gristle or cartilage, and grizzly is a big ol' bear. That can eat you. Hale describes someone hearty and healthy. All hail the next word! To hail is to greet enthusiastically. And when it hails, ice falls from the sky and hits those hale people on the head. Healthful describes something that will create good health, like apples, yoga, and fresh air.
Healthy describes someone fit, trim, and utterly not sick. A hero is the firefighter who pulls you out of a burning car.
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The protagonist is the main character in the story you write about it. Something historical is related to the past. People with big egos get them mixed up if they say they had a historic family background. Unless they helped win a war, it was probably just historical. To hoard is to squirrel stuff away, like gold bricks or candy wrappers. A horde is a crowd of people, usually, but it can also be a gang of mosquitoes, robots, or rabid zombie kittens. This word set can be confusing, even for word geeks. Let's start with the basics. A homograph is a word that has the same spelling as another word but has a different sound and a different meaning.
To hone is to sharpen a knife or perfect a skill. Home is where you live, where your stuff is, is where the heart is, and all that. Imply and infer are opposites, like a throw and a catch.
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To imply is to hint at something, but to infer is to make an educated guess. The speaker does the implying , and the listener does the inferring. Understanding the nuances of this word pair, indeterminate and indeterminable, hinges on understanding the words' parts. The root word, determine, means to establish something. If you're using indite to talk about people being formally accused of lawbreaking, you're using the wrong word: it's indict.
Inflammable and inflammatory can be confused with one another, but they also offer their own source of confusion with the prefix in-. Ingenuous means innocent, artless, simple, while ingenious refers to something original, creative, inventive.
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Neither insidious nor invidious are happy words: insidious describes something that lies in wait to get you, and invidious is something offensive or defamatory. Cancer can be insidious , lurking in your body without your knowing it. Around the Vocabulary. If your teacher offered you a choice between an intense course or an intensive one, which one would you choose? And would you wonder what his intent was? These two personality types are opposites — introverts focus inward, into their own thoughts, and extroverts focus outward, into the world.
But don't get too excited; most people are a little bit of both. Irony , satire , and sarcasm all fall into the category of, "That's funny but I'm not sure what my English teacher wants me to call it. It's a bird! It's a plane! The small bumps on the F and J keys will help your fingers locate the correct position without looking. This setup should give you full range of motion. There are a few alternative layouts that propose a more ergonomic approach to typing. The order of the keys was decided by listing the most common letter combinations and making sure they are not placed next to each other.
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Type a lot, type tests, practice typing tests. You have to know your words more intimately. And any new word that you learn in your life will add amazingly to your power to think. Once a man thinks-really thinks-he has little competition. You may remember that the Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw one time said that few people think more than two or three times a year. He claimed that he had made an international reputation by thinking as often as once a week and please remember that there is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the labour of thinking. There is not much of a secret to success.
It is a great thing that is usually won by humble, routine methods. The mere decision you made to begin these lessons was an important step, for, as the Chinese say, "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Watch for new words at all times.