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Profit vs prophet

Profit and prophet are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of profit and prophet, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Profit means the amount of money one has gained, they difference between the cost of manufacturing something or producing a service and the amount one is paid for that item or service. Profit … [Read more...]

Complacent vs complicit

Complacent and complicit are two words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions for complacent and complicit, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Complacent means self-satisfied, smug, uncritical about one's achievements. A person who is complacent is not subject to self-criticism, he is content in himself. Complacent has a negative connotation, carrying the unspoken meaning of laziness or inattention to … [Read more...]

Surgeon vs sturgeon

Surgeon and sturgeon are two words that are very close in spelling and pronunciation, but have very different meanings. We will examine the difference between the definitions of surgeon and sturgeon, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A surgeon is a physician who has been trained to perform surgery, which is the process of treating a patient by cutting into the body to correct malformations or remove diseased parts. The word surgeon is derived from … [Read more...]

Pail vs pale

Pail and pale are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of pail and pale, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A pail is a bucket, most often made out of metal or wood, with a half-circle handle. Pails are used for a variety of things, but most often, to carry liquids such as water or paint, or animal feed. The … [Read more...]

Curry favor

Curry favor is an idiom that is based on an eggcorn, which is a misheard word or phrase that retains its original meaning. We will examine the meaning of the term curry favor, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Curry favor means to ingratiate oneself by flattery or overattentive behavior. The term curry favor is an eggcorn of the phrase curry Fauvel. Fauvel was the main character in the poem Roman de Fauvel, which was written by Gervais de Bus and Chaillou de … [Read more...]

Pony up

Pony up is an idiom of uncertain origin, some believe that the term dates back to the sixteenth century. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal meaning. We will look at the meaning of the term pony up, where it may have come from, and some examples of its use in sentences. Pony up means to pay money, to pay what one owes, to make good a debt. The term pony up is said to date back to the sixteenth century. It is … [Read more...]

Baby blues

The baby blues is a phenomenon common to nearly all new mothers who have given birth. We will examine the meaning of the term baby blues, its original meaning, and some examples of its use in sentences. The baby blues is a slight depression that occurs to most new mothers after they give birth. The baby blues is brought on by fluctuating hormones after the birth of a baby and lasts for a matter of hours to a few weeks. If the baby blues lasts longer then that, then it is most probably … [Read more...]

Parol vs parole

Parol and parole are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but have different spellings and different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of parol and parole, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Parol means communicated orally, a statement uttered, evidence given with an oral statement. Parol is also a traditional Filipino Christmas lantern. The word parol is derived from the Old French word … [Read more...]

Erratum, addendum and corrigendum

Erratum, addendum and corrigendum are all terms that are used in publishing, legal documents and computer programs. We will examine the difference in meaning between erratum, addendum and corrigendum, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Erratum refers to an error in a published material, a legal document or a computer program. The plural form of erratum is errata. Generally, errata is added to a recently published book in the form of inserted pages or at … [Read more...]

Upper hand

Upper hand is an idiom with an uncertain etymology. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal meaning. We will examine the meaning of the term upper hand, some possible sources of its origin, and a few examples of its use in sentences. Upper hand means the position of dominance, being in charge, being in control or having the advantage. It is most often used as get the upper hand or gain the upper hand. Some believe … [Read more...]

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