Bespeak vs bespoke

Bespeak is a verb that means to contract or hire a person or services before the necessary time. It also means to tell about something before it happens, like a prediction. Bepeak can mean a sign or evidence of something or to ask for something. The other forms of this verb include bespoke, bespoken, and bespeaking. However, bespoke has another meaning as well. It is used as an adjective for clothing, services, or even software that is made specifically for one person. Bespoke is also used … [Read more...]

Anodyne vs analgesic

As a noun, anodyne is something, usually a drug or medication, that relieves hurt or pain. It can also be something that relaxes or comforts. As an adjective, anodyne describes something or someone as inoffensive, benign, or mild. It also can relieve pain. Analgesic, which is the same in its noun and adjective forms, is strictly a medical term for drugs that alleviate pain. It comes from the word analgesia, another medical term for the lack of ability to feel pain while still maintaining … [Read more...]

Adventurous vs adventuresome

Adventurous is an adjective that describes something or someone as being without fear and ready to accept hard challenges or adventures, usually with excitement. It can also be used to say something or someone is full of risk or danger. The adverb form is adventurously and the noun form is adventurousness. Adventuresome is also an adjective, but the definition is a little narrower. If something is adventuresome it searches out excitement or challenges, it takes risks. The noun form … [Read more...]

Origin or origins

The origin of something is the location or moment in time when that thing came into existence. People have an origin too, their parents or, more commonly, the place their ancestors came from. The origin is also the place where two axes cross in a graph. Lastly, in medicine, an origin is the stronger, more stable attachment of a muscle. The word can be pluralized if one is talking about having multiple origins, or places of beginning. It should be noted that multiple things can have a … [Read more...]

Quiver vs quaver

Quiver is a verb that means to shake slightly, usually it is compared to a shiver or a trembling. A quiver can be the act of quivering or a container for an archer's arrows. The adverb form for the verb is quiveringly. The adjective form is quivery, but this is rare and should be used with caution. There is a slight preference for this adjective form outside the United States. Quaver is a verb that means to shake one's voice slightly, so that the sounds produced undulate or falter. This is … [Read more...]

Idiom vs colloquialism

An idiom is a phrase that is more than the sum of its parts, or in other words, has more of a meaning than the individual words used in the phrase. Examples include pay the piper, for the birds, and pulling one's leg. Idiom is also a synonym for dialect, a way of speech particular to a geographical area that has specific vocabulary, syntax, and grammar. Finally, it can be used to describe a method of expression particular to a person, time period, or object. A colloquialism is a phrase that … [Read more...]

Share and share alike vs per stirpes

Share and share alike is a phrase meaning each person should have equal parts of the whole, whether the whole be positive or negative. It is used when every member of a group shares in a monetary prize or in an arduous task. The phrase does not require hyphens, unless it is used as an adjective (e.g., share-and-share-alike attitude). This idiom is particularly used in wills and legal documents declaring what portion of the estate goes to each person. Share and share alike means that each … [Read more...]

Indemnity and contribution

Indemnity can be defined as the commitment to pay, or the actual payment, to cover losses or damage. It also has varied other definitions. It can be exclusion or exemption of fees and charges. Indemnity insurance pays the physician separately for each service rendered. It is used in legal terms to classify a type of lawsuit that means the client/part has the right to be fully compensated by the other party. The plural of indemnity is indemnities. Contribution is the item or service … [Read more...]

Enmity vs animosity

Enmity is a mass noun that speaks of a state of hatred or ill will between two people or groups. This opposition is acted upon and usually mutual. The plural is enmities. Animosity means a feeling of hatred or ill will. It is also a mass noun. The plural is animosities. A related word hostility also means a long-held mutual hatred, but it is usually used to describe the actions taken in response to this feeling. It can also literally mean acts of warfare. The plural is hostilities. To a … [Read more...]

Futz vs putz

Putz can either be a noun or a verb. As a verb, it is the act of wasting time or being aimless. Futz is only a verb. It also means to wander without direction or spend hours on pointless endeavors. It is most often seen paired with the preposition around. So, futz and putz are synonyms as verbs. However, they do not have the same origin. Putz comes from the Yiddish word putz meaning penis. Futz does not have a clear origin, but the educated guess made by most dictionaries is a … [Read more...]

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