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Aerie vs airy

An aerie is a nest of a bird of prey such as a hawk or an eagle, or any large bird. It is situated at great height in a tall tree or on a cliff. Aerie has also come to mean a large house or fortress situated up high on a hill, cliff or mountain. The word aerie comes from the medieval Latin aeria meaning open space. Airy is an adjective which means an open, breezy area in which fresh air circulates freely. Airy also refers to things or actions with no weight. Therefore, airy can mean light in … [Read more...]

Legislator vs legislature

A legislator is an individual who proposes, draws up and enacts laws. He is a member of a legislative body, either elected or appointed. American congressmen and members of the British and Indian parliaments are examples of legislators. The word comes directly from the Latin: legis lator, which literally means proposer of the law. A legislature is a deliberative group, usually a government group, either elected or appointed, made up of individuals who have the responsibility of writing, … [Read more...]

Grassroots vs grass roots

Grassroots means at the most basic level. As a noun it refers to the common people, as opposed to the elite, in a political party, group or organization. As an adjective, grassroots means the most basic or fundamental members of an organization or an initiative starting at ground level. The impetus is from the bottom up, not the top down. Grass roots is a variant that is sometimes seen in European countries, but the American form, grassroots, is quickly becoming the norm. The word was coined … [Read more...]

Inure vs enure

Inure means to habituate or cause someone or something to become accustomed to or less sensitive to an unpleasant condition through practice or repeated exposure. Inure is a transitive verb, used with an object. The related noun is inurement, the gerund is inuring. Enure is (1) a legal term meaning to happen, to be applied, to come into effect, to serve as a benefit to a person (2) an older variant of inure. While the spelling of the legal term can sometimes be found as inure, the trend is … [Read more...]

Waterloo or meet one’s waterloo

Waterloo is a noun that describes a place or event of resounding defeat. A famous battle took place in Waterloo, Belgium between France, led by Napoleon Bonaparte, and England, in 1815. Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, near Brussels, ending his reign over much of continental Europe. Waterloo is considered the culmination of Napoleon's overreaching hubris. When a person meets his Waterloo, he has met an insurmountable problem and suffered irreversible defeat. It may be confusing that the … [Read more...]

Deviled vs devilled

Deviled is the accepted spelling in the United States and Canada for an adjective describing food that is seasoned with horseradish, mustard, paprika or pepper to impart a strong flavor. In other English-speaking countries, the spelling is devilled. Deviled eggs have been prepared since the Roman Empire, coming into modern popularity around 1940 and steadily rising until the present. Eggs are hard-boiled, then split and the yolks removed. After mashing the yolks with ingredients such as … [Read more...]

Congruent vs. congruous

Congruent is the adjectival form of the noun congruence, and means in agreement with or matching. Mathematically, congruent means having the same size and shape, being identical in form. The antonyms are incongruent and incongruence. Congruous means to be agreement or harmony, usually in an aesthetic sense. It is rarely used, while its antonym, incongruous, is more common. Congruity is a noun referring to a harmonious or matching state. It is related to both congruence and … [Read more...]

Bunny vs Bunnie

Bunny is a noun that is interchangeable with the word rabbit.  It can be used alone or in conjunction with the word rabbit, as in bunny rabbit. Usually, bunny is a term used by small children in reference to a rabbit. It may also be used to describe a young rabbit. Bunny may also describe a person of a specified type or in a certain mood, such as beach bunny, a person who enjoys time at the seaside, or a snow bunny, a person who enjoys skiing. Bunnies is the plural form of bunny. Bunnie … [Read more...]

Moral vs morale

Moral can be used as either an adjective or a noun. As an adjective, moral describes something or someone who conforms to the rules of ethical behavior. When moral is used as a noun, it can mean (1) the lesson imparted by a story or fable or (2) a principle to follow for right conduct. The verb form is moralize, which carries a negative connotation. Moralize means to express an opinion about morals, usually in a self-righteous or annoying way. Morale is the enthusiasm and devotion a person or … [Read more...]

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