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Fissure vs fisher

Fissure and fisher are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words fissure and fisher, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.A fissure is an opening made by the action of cracking or splitting. For this reason, fissures are often long and narrow. The term is often used to describe cracks in geological features as well as … [Read more...]

Tempus fugit

Tempus fugit is a Latin phrase that has entered the language unchanged, which makes it a loan phrase, also known as a borrowed phrase. We will translate the expression tempus fugit into English, examine the meaning of the term and the situations where one may use it, as well as some examples of that use in sentences.Tempus fugit is most often translated as the phrase time flies, an idiom that is well known to English speakers. However, the word fugit is most properly translated in English as … [Read more...]

Halve vs have

Halve and have are two words that are pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words halve and have, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.To halve something means to divide it into two equal portions or parts, or to lessen or reduce something by half. Halve may also mean to divide something equally between yourself and someone else. The word halve is … [Read more...]

Charnel house

The term charnel house goes back to the fourteenth century. Now considered a horror movie staple, the charnel house serves a very necessary purpose in everyday life. We will examine the definition of the term charnel house, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.A charnel house is a building or structure where human remains are stored, most specifically, human bones. Where burial space is at a premium, a corpse is only left in the ground of a cemetery for a fixed amount … [Read more...]

Recede vs reseed

Recede and reseed are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words recede and reseed, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Recede means to move backward or to ebb away from a previous position. Meteorologists at the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center of the United States use the word recede when … [Read more...]

In the pink

In the pink is an idiom that dates back at least the 1600s, but has a very unexpected origin. An idiom is a figure of speech that is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the definition of the idiomatic phrase in the pink, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.In the pink is an English idiom that means to be at the peak of health, to be in perfect condition. The expression … [Read more...]

Nock vs knock

Nock and knock are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of nock and knock, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.A nock is a notch at the end of the arrow which is used for fitting the arrow into the bowstring. Nock may also mean a notch made at either end of an archery bow for holding the bowstring in place. Nock is used as a … [Read more...]

Graffiti

Graffiti is a word that has been in use in the English language since the mid-1800s, though the phenomenon of graffiti is much older. We will examine the meaning of the word graffiti, its plural and singular forms, where the term came from as well as some examples of its use in sentences.Graffiti is words or drawings that are scratched, drawn or painted on the surfaces of buildings or other structures in a public place. Graffiti may also be found on natural formations such as boulders or … [Read more...]

Devil take the hindmost

Devil take the hindmost is an idiom that first appeared sometime in the sixteenth century. An idiom is a figure of speech that is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the meaning of the idiomatic expression devil take the hindmost, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.Devil take the hindmost is a phrase that describes a situation in which someone thinks only of himself … [Read more...]

On cloud nine

On cloud nine is an idiom with uncertain origins. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the meaning of the expression on cloud nine, where it may have come from and some examples of its use in sentences.The phrase on cloud nine describes someone who is very happy, who is on top of the world, who is elated. Interestingly, various numbers have been ascribed to clouds where someone is … [Read more...]

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