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Samovar vs scimitar

Samovar and scimitar are two words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions of samovar and scimitar, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A samovar is a Russian tea urn, usually highly decorated. The samovar holds heated water. Traditionally, samovars were heated by coal or charcoal, but modern samovars are powered though electricity. They may be made out of a variety of metals such as tin, bronze, silver or gold. … [Read more...]

Pastiche vs pistachio

Pastiche and pistachio are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions for pastiche and pistachio, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A pastiche is an artistic work such as music, theater, literature or the visual arts that imitates another period, style or artist or is composed of imitations of various sources. A pastiche is considered a celebration of the period, style or artist that is imitated. … [Read more...]

Overrate vs overate

Overrate and overate are two words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions of overrate and overate, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Overrate means to assess a higher opinion of something than it deserves. Overrate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are overrates, overrated, overrating. Overrate is a closed compound word that consists of the word over, meaning highest or … [Read more...]

Dichotomy vs discrepancy

Dichotomy and discrepancy are two words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions of dichotomy and discrepancy, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A dichotomy is a contrast or division between two things that are opposed to each other or are sharply different, a division of a class of something into subclasses that are mutually exclusive. Related words are dichotomous, dichotomic, dichotomously. The plural form is … [Read more...]

Union Jack

The Union Jack is a symbol that is well known throughout the globe. We will examine the meaning of the term Union Jack, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. The Union Jack is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The 1801 design combines the symbols pertaining to the various political factions of the time. The distinctive graphic is a result of combining the crosses representing St. George, the patron saint of England, St. … [Read more...]

Gourmet vs gourmand

Gourmet and gourmand are two words that are often confused. We will look at the similarities and differences between the definitions of gourmet and gourmand, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Gourmet describes someone who has a refined palate, a person who enjoys fine meals and fine wine. Gourmet is also used as an adjective to describe something that comes up to the standard of a person who enjoys fine meals and fine wine, such as a gourmet kitchen. The … [Read more...]

Lothario

Lothario is a word dating back to the turn of the eighteenth century. Though still in use today, most people are unaware that Lothario is actually a proper name. We will look at the meaning of Lothario, where the term came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A Lothario is a man who is unconscionable in his relations with women, a man who seduces women and leaves them, a man who uses women for his own selfish desires. The term Lothario comes from a literary figure popular at the … [Read more...]

Complacent vs complicit

Complacent and complicit are two words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions for complacent and complicit, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Complacent means self-satisfied, smug, uncritical about one's achievements. A person who is complacent is not subject to self-criticism, he is content in himself. Complacent has a negative connotation, carrying the unspoken meaning of laziness or inattention to … [Read more...]

Surgeon vs sturgeon

Surgeon and sturgeon are two words that are very close in spelling and pronunciation, but have very different meanings. We will examine the difference between the definitions of surgeon and sturgeon, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A surgeon is a physician who has been trained to perform surgery, which is the process of treating a patient by cutting into the body to correct malformations or remove diseased parts. The word surgeon is derived from … [Read more...]

Baby blues

The baby blues is a phenomenon common to nearly all new mothers who have given birth. We will examine the meaning of the term baby blues, its original meaning, and some examples of its use in sentences. The baby blues is a slight depression that occurs to most new mothers after they give birth. The baby blues is brought on by fluctuating hormones after the birth of a baby and lasts for a matter of hours to a few weeks. If the baby blues lasts longer then that, then it is most probably … [Read more...]

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