Exceed vs accede

Exceed means to be larger or greater in quantity, to go beyond a limit. Exceed may also mean to excel, to be superior. Related words are exceeds, exceeded, exceeding, exceedable, exceedingly, exceeder, exceedance. Exceed first appears in the late fourteenth century from the Latin excedere, meaning depart, go beyond, be in excess, surpass. Accede means to take on the duties of an office, to agree to, to be a party to a treaty, to give in to demands. Related words are accedes, acceded, … [Read more...]

Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore

A carnivore is an animal that eats meat. Carnivores have sharp molars, premolars and canine teeth that are designed for flesh eating. Some plants are also carnivores, including the Venus flytrap. Related words are carnivorous, carnivorously and carnivorousness. There is no word for a person who eats meat exclusively. An herbivore is an animal that eats plants, a person who eats plants exclusively is a vegetarian. Herbivores have flat, strong teeth designed for grinding and longer digestive … [Read more...]

Risky vs risqué

Risky means containing the possibility or likeliness of danger or failure. Risky is an adjective, related adjectives are riskier and riskiest. The adverb form is riskily, the noun form is riskiness. Risky appears around 1825, taking the place of riskful. Risqué means improper, borderline indecent. Risqué is an adjective, it appears in the English language in the 1860s, borrowed from the French risqué, past participle of risquer, meaning tending toward impropriety. Risky and risqué are … [Read more...]

Formulas vs formulae

Formulas are 1.) mathematical or chemical rules expressed in symbols 2.) specific litanies of words used in ceremonies or proceedings 3.) lists of ingredients used in the preparation of something, such as babies' food or medical prescriptions. Formulas is a plural form of formula, the alternate plural of formula is formulae. Formula is a Latin word that was absorbed into the English language in the 1630s, to mean words used in a ceremony or ritual. In Latin, formula means form, draft, … [Read more...]

Everyone vs every one

Everyone is a pronoun which means everybody, all the people who make up a group. Everyone refers to a group of people as a whole. The words everyone and everybody are interchangeable. Every one is a phrase which means each person who makes up a group of people, each individual. Every one refers to each individual in a group. The phrases every one and each one are interchangeable. Interestingly, the word one as used to refer to a person, or one of those people, was originally pronounced with a … [Read more...]

Epitaph vs epithet

An epitaph is a short remembrance of a deceased person, written in prose or poetry, often inscribed on the grave stone of the individual. An epitaph may also be an idea by which a person, era or project may be remembered. Epitaph appears in the English language in the fourteenth century, from the Greek word, epitaphion, meaning a funeral oration. Related forms are epitaphic, epitaphial. An epithet is a word or phrase which characterizes a person, usually adjectival. An epithet may be a … [Read more...]

Duly vs dully

Duly is an adverb which means in line with what is appropriate, following proprieties, as may be expected. Duly has evolved from the fourteenth century duweliche, meaning rightly, properly. Duly means in a due manner, according to Google's Ngram, use of the word duly peaked in the mid-1600s and has dropped ever since. Dully is an adverb which means in a lackluster manner, without excitement, lacking spirit or verve. Dully is an adverb form of dull, an adjective first used in 1200 to mean … [Read more...]

Conscience, conscious and self-conscious

A conscience is a person's inner guide that delineates right from wrong and directs that person into right behavior. A conscience is that inner sense that causes anxiety or guilt when a person proceeds on a course that he knows is unethical. The word conscience arrives in the English language in the early thirteenth century, from the Latin word conscientia, meaning knowledge within oneself, a moral sense. Conscious is an adjective that describes of state of awareness, awake and responding, … [Read more...]

Hurricane, typhoon and cyclone

A hurricane is a massive, rotating, tropical storm occurring in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, the eastern Pacific Ocean or the Gulf of Mexico. There are five categories of hurricanes based on sustained wind speed. A tropical storm becomes a category one hurricane when sustained winds reach 74 miles per hour, the threshold for a category five hurricane is sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. The word hurricane appears in the mid-sixteenth century as a maladaptation of the Spanish word, … [Read more...]

Caste vs cast

A caste is a social position assigned by virtue of heredity, wealth, or profession. The best known caste system occured in Hindu society with the Vedic hereditary classes: Brahman, Kshatriya, Vaisya and Sudra. Today, the Constitution of India prohibits discrimination based on caste. A cast is 1.)  something formed in a mold, an impression of something 2.) a plaster of Paris-stiffened bandage molded to a broken bone in order to immobolize and protect it 3.) a throw of something, such as a … [Read more...]

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