Braggadocio

  Braggadocio is the kind of talking someone does when they are attempting to appear cocky or boastful. It is also a synonym for braggart, which is the name for a bragger, or someone who is boastful and usually loud about it. The plural for braggadocio is braggadocios. This is only to be used when referring to two or more people who are braggarts. It should not to be confused with the adjective form, which is braggadocious. Some confusion may come from the adjective form not being … [Read more...]

Ajar

  Ajar can be an adverb or adjective describing something as being partially open. An archaic and obsolete definition for ajar is for something to be out of sync with its surroundings or to be jarred. The a- prefix is often used in words as a stand in for to (aside means to the side), in (as in the process of or in a certain condition), or on (e.g., if someone is walking afoot, he or she is walking on foot). This comes from the simplification of the Old English two word … [Read more...]

Diagram

A diagram is an illustration that describes or explains. It is not simply a picture, but it carries instructions or conveys information about something. It is commonly used in science and mathematics. In British English, diagram may also mean a railway schedule. There are three adjective forms: diagrammable, diagrammatic, and diagrammatical. The middle form is the most common. Also, the adverb is diagrammatically. It can also be a verb. To diagram something is to teach a concept by drawing … [Read more...]

Candor or candour

  Candor is a noun meaning complete honesty or fairness. Sometimes it is used in the construction complete candor, but this is redundant. It is not pejorative or carry the connotation that candor is harsh, simply that what is said or done can be believed. The negative formation is usually having a lack of candor. Candor is the preferred spelling inside the United States. Candour is the preferred spelling outside the US. Candor is pronounced with an er sound at the end, while … [Read more...]

Agog or agape

  Agog is an adjective used to describe oneself as very enthusiastic or interested because of something or someone. It comes from French en gogues or in mirth. A synonym for agog is agape.  Agape can be a noun, which comes from Greek, and literally means love. This noun form is sometimes used as part of a name (e.g., charities, businesses, churches). Agape is more commonly used as an adjective or adverb to describe something as being spread open or wide apart. It may also mean … [Read more...]

Sorbet

  Sorbet is a frozen dessert made from fruit or juice. Sherbet is also made from fruit and is a frozen dessert; however, sherbet typically includes dairy. Sorbet does not. Both words do come from the same word base tracing back to the Arabic sharba or drink. Sorbet can be pronounced (sor bay) or (sor bet). The plural is made by adding an s. The pronunciation then changes to (sor bays) or (sor bets). Sorbet is actually a French word and the variation of the Italian sorbetto. … [Read more...]

Pugnacious

Pugnacious is an adjective to describe something or someone as having a propensity to be difficult or contentious. The adverb is pugnaciously, the noun form is pugnaciousness, as well as, pugnacity.  There is no relation to the dog breed pug, which was named after an obsolete word meaning monkey or hobgoblin. Examples His primary audience as the film begins is President Lyndon Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), and the two share a pugnacious, if mutually respectful relationship. [Baltimore City … [Read more...]

Synchronise or synchronize

Synchronize is a verb meaning to make two or more objects or actions happen in the same moment. Outside the United States it is spelled synchronise. The verb can be conjugated through all its forms, such as, synchronized, synchronizing, synchronised, and synchronising. A person or object which creates synchronization is a synchronizer.  Examples Based on those statistics and studies that have proven light’s ability to synchronize the body’s natural clock, Holi created SleepCompanion, … [Read more...]

Lilliputian

Lilliputian is an adjective describing something or someone as being similar to the people of the island of Lilliput. Lilliput is a fictional island in Jonathan Swift's novel Gulliver's Travels. Lilliputians were extremely small compared to Gulliver. So if something is Lilliputian then it is small. Even though the dictionary lists the term with a capital, it also acknowledges that the term is often not capitalized when it is not directly referencing the people of Lilliput. In the examples we … [Read more...]

Nutriment or nutrition

Nutriment is something that increases growth or sustains life. In medical terminology it may refer to something which causes the healing of human tissue. It is a mass noun without a plural form. While nutriment and nutrition come from the same Latin root word, they are not synonyms. Nutrition is the act of consuming the correct variety of foods and drinks that results in health and growth. The adjective form is nutritional, and the adverb is nutritionally. Examples In effect, mistletoe … [Read more...]

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