Alcoholism vs dipsomania

Alcoholism is an addiction or a dependency on alcohol. The word alcoholism comes from the Modern Latin word alcoholismus, which was coined in the mid-1800s by Magnus Huss, a professor of medicine in Sweden. However, Huss used the word to describe an illness that is called alcohol poisoning, today. At this time, alcoholism was labeled as habitual drunkeness, and other similar terms. Dipsomania is a type of alcoholism which is characterized by periodic bouts of uncontrollable craving for … [Read more...]

Bone vs debone

Bone, when used as a verb, means to remove the bones from meat or fish, usually before cooking. Related words are bones, boned, boning. The word bone comes from the Old English word ban which means tusk or bone. Debone means to remove the bones from meat or fish, usually before cooking. Related words are debones, deboned, deboning. The word debone is derived from the Old English word ban which means tusk or bone, and the Latin prefix de-, which means do the opposite of, not, when used in … [Read more...]


A turducken is a boned chicken stuffed inside a boned duck, which is in turn stuffed inside a boned or partially-boned turkey. Each fowl is padded with stuffing or sausage, the turducken may be roasted, fried, braised, barbecued, etc. A turducken is an engastration, which is a food in which one animal is stuffed inside another. Chef Paul Prudhomme trademarked the word turducken in the 1970s, he is credited with inventing the term. However, it is known that the turducken existed in the state of … [Read more...]

Uncle Sam

Uncle Sam is a personification of the United States. Uncle Sam, a name with the same initials as United States, is generally depicted as a tall, thin man with a long white beard wearing a top hat and a suit of red white and blue. Samuel Wilson was officially recognized by the United States Congress in 1961 as the source for the mythical Uncle Sam. Wilson supplied the army with barrels of beef during the War of 1812. The barrels were stamped with "U.S." to signify that they were owned by the U.S. … [Read more...]

German vs germane

German means an inhabitant of Germany, a native of Germany or a person of German descent. German also describes an item or custom that traces its roots to Germany or is characteristic of Germany. German is also the term for the language spoken in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The word German is derived from the Latin word Germanus, it is always capitalized. Germane means relevant to a certain topic, related to the topic being considered. Related words are germanely and germaneness. … [Read more...]

SOS and Mayday

SOS is a distress call, it is recognized internationally as a message calling for help in a time of extreme distress.  The letters SOS are not an acronym, SOS was developed to be used as a radio signal. In Morse code, "s" is transmitted as a series of three dots and "o" is transmitted as a series of three dashes, which makes SOS in Morse code easy to transmit repeatedly and easy for the listener to decode. Germany was the first country to used SOS as a distress call in 1905, the SOS distress … [Read more...]

Gallon vs galleon

A gallon is a unit of liquid measurement used in America and in Britain, though the U.S. gallon and British or Imperial gallon are not equivalent. A U.S. gallon consists of four quarts, or 3.79 liters. An Imperial gallon is equal to 1.2 U.S. gallons or 4.55 liters. The word gallon may also be used to describe a large volume of something. The word gallon comes from the Old French word jalon, which was an Old French liquid measurement somewhat equivalent to today's gallon. A galleon is a type … [Read more...]

Apartment and flat

An apartment is a single-family suite of rooms including a kitchen and at least one bathroom, situated in a building with multiple such suites, apartments are generally rental property. Apartment is mostly the North American term for such housing. The word apartment comes from the Italian word appartamento, originally used to describe a set of rooms in a house that are used exclusively by one person. A flat is the British English equivalent of the word apartment. A flat is a single-family … [Read more...]

Explicate vs expletive

Explicate means to examine something methodically and develop a theory or to explain it clearly. Explicate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are explicates, explicated, explicating, explication, explicative, explicator, explicatory. Explicate is derived from the Latin word explicatus, which means explain, unravel. An expletive is a swear word or oath exclaimed in an emotional fashion. Expletive may also be used as an adjective to describe a syllable or … [Read more...]

Petroglyph vs pictograph

A petroglyph is a carving in a rock, usually a prehistoric carving in a rock. A petroglyph may be picked, pecked, incised or abraded. The word petroglyph enters the English language in 1870, taken from the French word pétroglyphe, which is in turn derived from the Greek petro-, meaning rock, and gluphē, meaning carving. A pictograph is a picture that is used as a symbol for an idea or word, it is painted on top of the rock, not carved into the rock. Pictographs are usually prehistoric, they … [Read more...]

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