Nocturnal vs diurnal

Nocturnal describes happenings that occur during the nighttime or plants and animals that are active during the nighttime. Nocturnal is an adjective, the adverb form is nocturnally. The word nocturnal comes from the Latin word nocturnus, which means belonging to the night. Diurnal describes happenings that occur during the daytime or plants and animals that are active during the daytime. Diurnal is an adjective, the adverb form is diurnally. The word diurnal comes from the Latin word … [Read more...]

Inveigh vs inveigle

Inveigh means to rail against something, to speak or write against something with extreme hostility, to deeply criticize. Inveigh is an intransitive verb, which is a verb that does not take an object. The word inveigh is always followed by the word against, as in inveigh against. Related words are inveighs, inveighed, inveighing, inveigher. Inveigh comes from the Latin word invehere which means to carry in, to introduce and to assail. Inveigle means to flatter someone into doing something, to … [Read more...]


A lagniappe is a bonus, a complimentary gift. Usually, a lagniappe is a bonus that a merchant gives to a customer in gratitude for his business. Lagniappe is an American word, originating in New Orleans, Louisiana. Today, the term lagniappe is mostly used in the Gulf Coast region, which are American states that are situated on the Gulf of Mexico. The word lagniappe is a Louisiana French adaptation of a Quechua word that the Spanish Creoles brought to New Orleans. The Quechua word is yapay, which … [Read more...]

Always vs all ways

Always means every time, on every occasion, through all past times and through all future times. Always may also mean as a last resort or in any case. Always is an adverb, it is derived from the Old English phrase ealne weg  which means all the way, perpetually. Always is one of the one thousand most frequently used words, according to the Oxford English Dictionary. All ways means in every single way, from all sides, using every possible method. The word always and the phrase all ways are … [Read more...]

Toile vs tulle

Toile may describe a translucent fabric made from linen or cotton with a repeating pattern of decoration printed on it. The decoration is usually a traditional pattern rendered in a single color. Toile fabric may be used for clothing, sheets, wall coverings or upholstery. Toile may also refer to a practice garment rendered in an inexpensive fabric to facilitate experimentation and alterations. Toile is a borrowed French word, originally meaning cloth or web. Tulle is a fabric that resembles … [Read more...]


No-brainer describes something that requires little brain power, something that doesn't take much mental effort to accomplish, understand or decide. Calling something a no-brainer implies that the idea being discussed has only one correct answer or that the decision being debated has only one correct outcome. No-brainer is a noun coined during the 1950s, it was first seen in a comic called The Berrys, printed in the Long Beach Independent, a California newspaper. In 1968 it was seen in The … [Read more...]

Mic drop

A mic drop is the act of deliberating dropping a microphone at the end of a performance that the performer deems to be extremely impressive or unable to be surpassed. A mic drop acts as a punctuation when an impressive performance is given or an impressive point is made. The mic drop seems to have originated with comedy routines and rap battles in the 1980s in the United States. The term mic drop was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015. Mic drop is an abbreviation of microphone drop, … [Read more...]

Bimonthly and semimonthly

Bimonthly may mean occurring twice a month or occurring every two months. Bimonthly may be used as an adjective or an adverb. In the United States bimonthly may be used as a noun to describe periodicals, the plural noun form is bimonthlies. Bimonthly is derived from the prefix bi-, which means two, twice, double, doubly, occurring twice in every one or once in every two. It comes from the Latin bi-, meaning twice, double, and weekly from the Old English word monað. Semimonthly means occurring … [Read more...]

Iconoclast vs heretic

An iconoclast is someone who attacks traditional beliefs or concepts. An iconoclast also describes someone who destroys religious images or cherished sacred objects. Originally, iconoclast referred to persons in the Greek Orthodox church in the eighth and ninth centuries who destroyed religious icons and various other sacred objects, proclaiming that they were idols. The term iconoclast was also used to describe the Puritans in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The word iconoclast comes … [Read more...]

Equator vs prime meridian

The equator is an imaginary line that runs around the middle of the earth dividing it into the Northern and Southern hemispheres. Every point on the equator is equidistant from the North Pole and the South Pole. The word equator may also be used to describe a line running around the middle of an object, dividing it into to equal sections. The equator is 0 degrees latitude. The prime meridian is an imaginary line that runs between the North Pole and the South Pole dividing the earth into the … [Read more...]

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