Dominant vs predominant

Dominant means most influential, having the greatest importance. Dominant also means exerting the greatest influence over others. In genetics, dominant describes characteristics which are heritable even if only one parent carries the genes for those characteristics. Dominant may be used as either an adjective or a noun. The word dominant comes from the Latin word dominant, meaning ruling, governing. Predominant means most influential, having the greatest importance. Predominant also means … [Read more...]

Disparity vs disparateness

Disparity means a great dissimilarity, a wide difference between two or more items, people or circumstances. Disparity is related to disparate and comes from the Middle French word disparit√©, which in turn comes from the Latin word disparitas meaning inequality. The plural form of disparity is disparities. Disparateness also means a great dissimilarity, a wide difference between two or more items, people or circumstances. Disparateness is also related to disparate, derived from the Latin word … [Read more...]


A diaspora is a body of people that have been dispersed outside their homeland. Diaspora may also refer to the action of dispersing a body of people outside their homeland. When capitalized as in Diaspora, the word refers to the dispersion of Jews from their homeland after the Babylonian and Roman conquests or the Jewish people and Jewish communities existing outside of Palestine after the Babylonian and Roman conquests. The word diaspora comes from the Greek word diaspeirein, meaning to … [Read more...]

Tommy John surgery

Tommy John surgery is more properly called ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. It is an American term for a surgery designed to allow an American baseball pitcher to have a longer career. Dr. Frank Jobe invented the surgery and first performed it in 1974 on the baseball player, Tommy John. The surgery replaces a torn ligament in the elbow. In effect, a tendon is harvested from one part of the patient's body and transplanted into the elbow. Modern pitchers throw the ball harder at a younger … [Read more...]

Temblor, tremblor or trembler

A temblor is an earthquake or earth tremor. The word temblor first appears in 1876 and is an American word inspired by the Spanish word temblor, which means shake or tremble. The plural form may be either temblors or temblores. A tremblor is also an earthquake or earth tremor. The word tremblor first appears in America in 1913, and seems to be a mashup of the words temblor and trembler. Many English-speakers do not consider tremblor a legitimate English word, but it is found in the Oxford … [Read more...]

Team vs teem

A team is 1.) two or more people playing a game or sport together, in opposition to another group of people 2.) two or more people working together 3.) two or more draft animals working together 4.) in conjunction with the word up, as in team up, used as a verb to describe two or more people coming together to compete at a game or sport or to work on a project. Related terms are teams up, teamed up, teaming up. Teem is a verb that means to be abundant, to be inundated with a prolific amount. … [Read more...]

Salt of the earth

When someone is referred to as salt of the earth that person is solid, dependable, unpretentious, honest. For thousands of years salt was a precious commodity, and to call someone the salt of the earth was a great compliment. The term salt of the earth first appears in the New Testament. In Biblical times, salt was obtained either from the evaporation of the Dead Sea or mined from a limestone ridge near the Dead Sea. The salt harvested from areas where the Dead Sea evaporated could be subject to … [Read more...]

Same difference

Same difference is an informal phrase referring to two or more alternatives that while different, render the same outcome or so close to the same outcome that the difference is negligible. Same difference is used when two different things are different, but equivalent. Same difference is an oxymoron, which is a literary or rhetorical device in which two contradictory terms are used together for emphasis or poetic effect or to arrive at a unique meaning. Presumably, same difference comes from a … [Read more...]

Punch list

A punch list is an accounting of incomplete or poorly executed items on a construction project. Near the end of a construction project, the architect or engineer draws up a list of items that must be completed before he gives the contractor payment in full. A punch list gets its name from the early practice of punching a hole in the margin of the paper next to each item on the punch list document as it is completed. Two copies of the punch list were placed atop each other and punched at the same … [Read more...]

Patience vs patients

Patience is the capacity to remain calm in the face of a difficult situation or difficult people. Patience describes the ability to tolerate circumstances that would cause other people to lose their tempers. Patience is a noun, derived from the Old French word pacience and is related to the adjective patient. Patience is also an old-fashioned name for females. Patients is the plural form of patient, an ill or injured person receiving medical care. Patient comes from the Old French word … [Read more...]

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