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Spiffy

Spiffy is an American term that first appeared in the mid-1800s, though its origin is not certain. We will examine the meaning of the word spiffy, where it possibly came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Spiffy means stylish, smartly dressed, attractive, dapper or new. The word spiffy originated during the middle of the nineteenth century in America, related words are spiffier, spiffiest, spiffily, spiffiness. The word spiffy may be derived from the obsolete slang … [Read more...]

Bamboozle

Bamboozle is a word that goes back to the early 1700s. Once considered a bit old fashioned, bamboozle has seen a resurgence in popularity due to its use in various memes. We will examine the definition of the word bamboozle, where it may have originated, and some examples of its use in sentences. Bamboozle means to trick or fool someone, to confuse someone, to mislead or cheat someone. Bamboozle is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are bamboozles, … [Read more...]

Decrepit vs deprecate

Decrepit and deprecate are two words that are very similar in spelling and pronunciation and are often confused. We will examine the definitions of decrepit and deprecate, where the words came from and some examples of their use in sentences, Decrepit describes something that is worn out or broken down, something in poor shape because of neglect or advanced age. Decrepit is an adjective. The word decrepit is derived from the Latin word decrepitus which means infirm, aged or worn … [Read more...]

Recuse vs excuse

Recuse and excuse are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of the words recuse and excuse, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Recuse means to disqualify someone from a legal duty because that person is prejudiced or has a conflict of interest. Someone may be recused through his own decision or someone else's decision. Judges often recognize when they have a conflict of interest and recuse themselves. Recuse is a … [Read more...]

Wangle vs wrangle

Wangle and wrangle are two words that are very similar in pronunciation but are spelled differently and have different meanings. We will examine the definitions of wangle and wrangle, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Wangle means to obtain something through devious means or clever manipulation. Wangle is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are wangles, wangled, wangling. Wangle may also be used as a noun to mean the … [Read more...]

Possibility vs probability

Possibility and probability are similar in meaning, but there is a slight difference. We will examine the definitions of possibility and probability, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Possibility describes something that might occur, the chance that something might happen. The term possibility may refer to something with a great chance of happening or a small chance of happening. In actual use, the word possibility is most often used when talking about … [Read more...]

Sentience vs sapience

Sentience and sapience are two term that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions of sentience and sapience, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Sentience means the ability to feel things, the ability to perceive things. Any living thing that has some degree of consciousness is sentient, including insects, lizards, dogs, dolphins and human beings. The word sentience is derived from the Latin word sentientem, which means … [Read more...]

Comb-over

Comb-over is a compound word. Compounds or compound words are words that are derived from two separate words joined together. We will examine the meaning of the term comb-over, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A comb-over is a type of hairstyle in which hair is literally combed over a bald area in order to disguise the baldness. This hairstyle is rarely successful, as the viewer is nearly always able to detect the subterfuge. A comb-over is a source of humor or … [Read more...]

Gumption

Gumption is an interesting word that has been in use since the early eighteenth century, though its meaning has evolved over time. We will examine the definition of the word gumption, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Gumption means bravery, get-up-and-go, drive or initiative. Someone who possesses gumption is a self-starter and has the nerve and motivation to succeed. However, this current definition of gumption didn't arise until the nineteenth century. Before … [Read more...]

Security blanket

The term security blanket has been in use since the 1940s, and the origin of this phrase may be surprising. We will examine the definition of the term security blanket, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A security blanket is a small piece of fabric that a child uses for comfort. Probably the most famous depiction of the use of a security blanket is in the comic strip Peanuts, drawn by Charles Schulz. In the strip, a character known as Linus is never seen without … [Read more...]

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