Hate-watch

Another of the latest entries to the Oxford online dictionary is hate-watch, a verb for the practice of watching a television show or movie for the sole purpose to criticize or make fun. The verb is hyphenated as one word. Hatewatch as one word is a blog run to bring awareness to online … [Read more...]

Affluent vs. effluent

Affluent describes something or someone has having a lot of money. Effluent is the liquid sewage that is released as waste. Effluent is still listed in the dictionary as an adjective meaning flowing out, but the link to chemicals has become so common, a user would risk that … [Read more...]

Yester

Now archaic, yester was an adjective to describe a time period in the past. Today it has been absorbed into the word yesterday, and is seen sometimes in the word yesteryear. Its other forms (yesterweek, yesterhour, yestermonth) have become obsolete. Side note: In terms of spelling, yesterday has … [Read more...]

Shutter vs. shudder

A shutter is a panel attached to a window that can be closed for privacy. Also, it is the part of a camera that opens to expose light to the film. A person can shutter their windows by closing the shutters. To shudder is to shake or quake, usually as a result of fear or disgust. These words … [Read more...]

Draconian

Draconian describes something as very strict or harsh. It comes from the Athenian lawmaker Draco, whose laws were extreme. For example, theft carried the death penalty. Dragonian, on the other hand, refers to dragons. Below is the ngram for draconian, which has been on a steady rise for the … [Read more...]

Amazeballs

One of the newest words to be included in the Oxford online dictionary, amazeballs is slang for something awesome or particularly fantastic. The term originated in 2003. Users should be cautious as spellcheckers and most professional or academic institutions will still consider this word … [Read more...]

Rancor vs. rancour

Rancor is defined as bitterness or resent. It is spelled rancor in the US, and rancour outside the US. Examples It of course also left "a legacy of political rancor and racial hatred so intense" that it guaranteed the world war that would follow 20 years later, which by Keegan's calculation was … [Read more...]

Begrudge

Begrudge means to envy or to give reluctantly. In the common phrase 'you can't begrudge someone something', it can be read as 'you cannot be reluctant to give someone something.' Note that it must be used in the negative form for this meaning to be understood. It is also seen in the adverb … [Read more...]

Chav

Chav is something you call a person who is lower class, loud, and may try to act from a higher class by wearing designer clothing. Chav originated in Britain. It is seen as derogatory, though some used the term proudly much as some Americans use redneck. It is used widely outside the … [Read more...]

Chalk up vs. chock

Chalk up is an idiom meaning to give credit to something or to attain something. It comes from the literal act in the 16th century of writing in chalk a debt that was owed to a store. A chock is a wooden block used beneath wheels to prevent movement. Chock-full means completely full. It is … [Read more...]

About Grammarist
Contact | Privacy policy | Home
© Copyright 2009-2014 Grammarist