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Bawdy vs body

Bawdy and body are two words that are pronounced extremely similarly but have different spellings and meanings. They are easily confused. We will examine the difference in meaning between bawdy and body, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Bawdy describes a joke or story, or language that deals with sexual matters in a humorous fashion. Usually, jokes and stories that are bawdy are lewd but not pornographic. Related words are bawdily and bawdiness. The … [Read more...]

Ad-lib and ad lib

The term ad-lib is derived from a Latin phrase, though the current meaning deviates from the original meaning. We will examine the definition of ad-lib, where the term came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Ad-lib means to do something spontaneously, to do something without prior planning or practice. It may be used as an adjective, adverb, verb or noun, related words are ad-libs, ad-libbed, ad-libbing. People often ad-lib when acting, performing standup or sketch comedy, giving … [Read more...]

Piebald, skewbald, pinto or paint

Piebald, skewbald, pinto and paint are all terms that describe coloration patterns for horses. We will examine the difference between the terms piebald, skewbald, pinto and paint, where the terms come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A piebald horse is a horse with colored splotches on a white background, primarily black splotches on a white background. The skin under the darker splotches may or may not be pigmented, the skin under the white background is not pigmented. … [Read more...]

Erupt vs irrupt

Erupt and irrupt are two words that are often confused. We will discover the difference between the words erupt and irrupt, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Erupt means to explode suddenly and violently, to break out dramatically, to exhibit a mood change. Erupt describes the action of a volcano exploding, of a rash or skin blemishes breaking out on the skin, of a tooth breaking through the gums, as when a baby is teething. Related words are erupts, … [Read more...]

Vertigo vs vertiginous

Vertigo and vertiginous are two words that are sometimes confused. We will look at the meanings of the words vertigo and vertiginous, the relationship between the two, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Vertigo is a condition in which the subject feels dizzy or feels as if he is spinning or moving when in fact he is standing still. Vertigo usually causes a loss of balance, and perhaps sweating and nausea. It is a medical condition that may be caused by … [Read more...]

Heebie-jeebies

Heebie-jeebies is an American term that is easily traceable to its source in the early twentieth century. It is a reduplicated phrase, which is a phrase in which part of the root word is repeated in another word. Heebie-jeebies is a rhyming reduplicated phrase. We will look at the meaning of the phrase heebie-jeebies, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Having the heebie-jeebies means to be in a state of nervousness, anxiety, or fear. The state of having the … [Read more...]

Faker vs fakir

Faker and fakir are two words that are easily confused, though they are not pronounced in exactly the same fashion. We will examine the meanings of the words faker and fakir, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A faker is a person who deceives, someone who creates counterfeit or non-genuine items or situations. The word faker is the agent noun form of the word fake, first used in the 1840s. An agent noun is a noun that indicates someone or something that … [Read more...]

Gerrymander

Gerrymander is an American word that is a portmanteau, which is a word constructed by blending the sounds and meanings of two different words. We will examine the meaning of the word gerrymander, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Gerrymander is a verb which means to draw voting district boundaries in order to weaken the power of a certain faction or to strengthen the power of a certain faction due to political party affiliation. The term gerrymander is a … [Read more...]

Butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth

Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth is a proverb that is especially popular in the American South, though its origin is surprisingly older. It is a phrase that is poorly understood and often used incorrectly. We will look at the meaning of the phrase butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. The phrase butter wouldn't melt in his mouth or butter wouldn't melt in her mouth describes someone who appears demure, innocent or sincere but is in … [Read more...]

Tomfoolery

Tomfoolery is a word that goes back hundreds of years. It is a closed compound word, which is a word composed of two separate words that were used together so often that they eventually became melded into one word. We will look at the meaning of the term tomfoolery, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Tomfoolery means acting foolish, speaking foolishly, buffoonery. The plural form of the word tomfoolery is tomfooleries. The term dates back to a time when it consisted … [Read more...]

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