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Misogyny and misandry

Misogyny is a word that dates back to the 1650s. We will examine the definition of the word misogyny, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.Misogyny is the hatred of women or a contempt for women. Misogyny can be expressed in a violent, confrontational manner, in a quiet system of social exclusion or in small, belittling ways disguised as humor. Some misogyny is easy to identify, while other instances of misogyny are more subtle and subversive. Many believe that … [Read more...]

Gentrification

Gentrification is a sociological term that has entered the mainstream. We will examine the meaning of the word gentrification, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.Gentrification is the process by which a poor or deteriorating neighborhood is bought out and renovated by people of a higher socio-economic status. Whether gentrification is considered an improvement in a neighborhood depends on your point of view. Gentrification improves the property values in a given … [Read more...]

Solder vs soldier

Solder and soldier are two words that are very close in spelling and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of solder and soldier, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Solder is a metal alloy that melts at a low temperature that is used to join metal pieces. Solder may be used as a noun or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are solders, soldered, soldering. The word solder is derived from the Old French … [Read more...]

Sob sister and sob story

The terms sob sister and sob story first appeared shortly after the turn of the twentieth century. We will examine the meanings of the expressions sob sister and sob story, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.The term sob sister was first used to mean a particular type of female journalist who wrote from the human interest angle, especially in a sentimental fashion.  The term sob sister has evolved to mean an actress who portrays especially sentimental … [Read more...]

Hippocratic vs hypocritical

Hippocratic and hypocritical are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation, and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of hippocratic and hypocritical, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Hippocratic is an adjective that is related to the Greek physician, Hippocrates. It is almost exclusively used in the expression Hippocratic oath, which is a pledge that spells out the obligations and duties of conduct that a doctor must … [Read more...]

Symbolic vs symbiotic

Symbolic and symbiotic are two words that are similar in spelling and pronunciation, but have very different meanings. We will examine the definitions of the words symbolic and symbiotic, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Symbolic is the adjective form of the word symbol, which is a marking or character that is a representation of an object, a process, an organization, a company, etc. Something that is symbolic is significant because of what it represents. The … [Read more...]

Ailment vs aliment

Ailment and aliment are two words that may be confused. We will examine the definitions of the words ailment and aliment, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.An ailment is an illness or sickness, though one that is probably but not always of minor importance. Ailment is the noun form of the verb ail, meaning to afflict someone with a minor illness. Related words are ails, ailed, ailing. The word ailment is derived from the Old English word eglan, meaning to … [Read more...]

Horn of plenty and cornucopia

Horn of plenty and cornucopia are two terms that refer to the same thing. We will examine the meaning of the terms horn of plenty and cornucopia, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.A horn of plenty is a woven basket that is vaguely shaped like an animal horn, filled with bounty such as fruit, vegetables, grains and flowers. A horn of plenty is self-explanatory, symbolizing abundance. The horn of plenty is often seen in art and today, is often used as fall … [Read more...]

Food coma

Food coma is a term that was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014. We will examine the meaning of the expression food coma, its scientific name, and some examples of its use in sentences.A food coma is the feeling of extreme lethargy and sleepiness one gets after eating an enormous meal. The term food coma is often used around the Thanksgiving holiday, as the festivities revolve around an enormous family meal. The scientific name for a food coma is postprandial somnolence. Many … [Read more...]

Yam vs sweet potato

The terms yam and sweet potato are often confused. We will examine the definitions of the words yam and sweet potato, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A yam is a starchy tuberous crop from Africa or Asia with a rough, brownish exterior and a white or yellowish interior. There is little carotene in a yam. It is a member of the Dioscorea genus, and usually comes from Caribbean countries. Yams may be eaten in place of rice, potatoes or bread. The word yam is … [Read more...]

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