As an adjective carrot-and-stick refers to the carrot and stick (also known as the carrot or stick) idiom. The phrase means a methodology or system of rules that incorporates reward and punishment to elicit a certain behavior. In order to motivate a donkey to move, there are two methods. Either you strike it with a stick or you urge it along with a carrot. The spelling is uncertain as far as the idiom is concerned, since it is not listed in most dictionaries. The name is carrot and … [Read more...]

Appetizer or hors d’oeuvre

An appetizer (spelled appetiser outside the United States) is a small portion of eatables served before the larger part of the meal is served. The adjective form, appetizing (or appetising), has a slightly different meaning. It means that something is appealing or has a good aroma. It can mean for something to want to be eaten or simply admired. An hors d'oeuvre (pronounced \or derv\) is a synonym for appetizer according to the dictionary and is listed with the same definition. The plural … [Read more...]

Demagogue vs demigod

A demagogue (pronounced \ˈde-mə-ˌgäg\ or dem ah gog) is a leader, usually political, who makes false promises and gains his or her popularity through feelings rather than logic. It may also be spelled demagog. Thought the vast preference is for the longer spelling. So much so that we could not find an acceptable example of the shorter spelling. The actions of a demagogue can be termed demagoguery or demagogy, both of which have multiple accepted pronunciations. It can also be a verb for a … [Read more...]

Bespeckled or bespectacled

To bespeckle something, one must shower it with tiny dots or flecks of color. Then the item is bespeckled. You could also simply speckle the object, which means the same thing (to cover it with speckles). For an item to be bespectacled, it must be wearing eyeglasses. This word is only found in its adjective form and does not have a verbal form. These words are often confused and one should be clear if the meaning should refer to a speck or some specs. Examples But the next steps are … [Read more...]

Evidence vs evince

Evidence is a noun used for objects, persons, or even speech that give proof something else is real or valid. Evidence is a common term in courts of law. One must have it to prove a person's guilt or innocence, or even the existence of a crime. For something to be in evidence, the item could be submitted to a court of law, or simply that the object is plainly seen or observed. Evidence may also be used as a verb when you offer to prove something with evidence, or you make something plainly … [Read more...]

Hoi polloi

Hoi polloi is a pejorative term for the public, or the general population (i.e., common folk). The term originates from Greek, and literally means 'the many'. It is pronounced (hoy pell oy). This term should not be confused with the phrase hoity toity which is a term used for those who act better than others or haughty. It is a mass plural noun that does not change form. Originally it was a good term to mean the majority, rather than the minority. However, in the early nineteenth … [Read more...]

Cloth vs clothes

A cloth is a piece of fabric, a material of fibers woven together. It is used to make clothes, which are pieces of cloth sewn together to wear on your body. Sometimes clothes are referred to as clothing, which dispenses with the sometimes troublesome plural noun. The plural of cloth is cloths. And the plural of clothes is clothes.  To clothe someone is to put clothes on him or her. Occasionally the cloth refers to the station or power that a pastor or preacher of the Christian faith … [Read more...]

Nowadays, anymore, or any more

Nowadays is an adverb used to say something is done now or in the current time. It is one word like heretofore and wheresoever. Nowdays or now a days are misspellings, even though the origin of the word is a phrase that was spelled as separate words (now a dayes). A synonym for this term is anymore. It can mean exactly the same as nowadays, or it can mean no longer (e.g., not moving anymore). This is sometimes seen as two words, but the popularity of the single word form has almost … [Read more...]

Dietician or dietitian

Dietician is a variant spelling of dietitian. A dietitian is someone who is employed to tell others about their diet, or about the way they eat. They study dietetics. The t spelling is used about three times as much as the c spelling. Examples A dietitian from Morris Hospital will offer tips to help people with diabetes eat sensibly through the holiday season while still enjoying social gatherings during a free program from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 in Whitman Assembly Room 1 at Morris … [Read more...]

Operationalise or operationalize

To operationalize something is to make it operational, or to put it into use. Inside the Unites States it is spelled with a z in all its forms. While outside the United States it is spelled operationalise, operationalises, etc. The noun form is operationalization (or operationalisation). Examples He says the technology is simple to use, but can be a challenge to operationalize. [News Works] The solicitor general has repeatedly said that the new agreement signed this year "simply … [Read more...]

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