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Man’s best friend

Man's best friend is a phrase from a proverb that is attributed to King Frederick of Prussia. We will examine exactly who is considered man's best friend, where the expression came from and some examples of its use in sentences.The phrase man's best friend is part of the proverb "A dog is man's best friend." The dog has undergone an interesting evolution in the minds and hearts of human beings. For a long time the dog was considered little more than a tool to be used for hunting and guarding … [Read more...]

Mutually exclusive

Mutually exclusive is a phrase that may be confusing. We will examine the meaning of the term mutually exclusive, when it first appeared and some examples of its use in sentences.Mutually exclusive describes two events, ideas, goals, etc., that may not both be true or both exist. In a situation in which two things are mutually exclusive, one thing precludes the other from occurring or from being true. The phenomenon of mutual exclusivity is prominent in logic and probability theory, which … [Read more...]

Snipe hunt

The snipe hunt is a North American rite of passage for many young campers, though the term has also taken on a figurative meaning. We will examine the definition of the term snipe hunt, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.The term snipe hunt, when used figuratively, means a fool's errand, a hopeless cause, the pursuit of something that is unattainable. The term comes from a prank that has been played in North America since the 1840s. In the snipe hunt, an … [Read more...]

Apprehend vs apprehensive

Apprehend and apprehensive are two words that are rooted in the same origin but have different meanings. We will examine the definitions of apprehend and apprehensive, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Apprehend may mean to arrest someone suspected of a crime, or to understand a fact or concept. The word apprehend is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are apprehend, apprehended, apprehending, apprehension. The word … [Read more...]

Bric-a-brac and knick-knack

Bric-a-brac and knick-knack are words that refer to the same thing. We will examine the definition of the words bric-a-brac and knick-knack, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Bric-a-brac describes a variety of decorative objects that are displayed on shelves, tables and mantelpieces in the home. Bric-a-brac came into use in the Victorian era, when various inexpensive objets d'art were used to enhance the home environment. Bric-a-brac consisted of small items … [Read more...]

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Contronym and auto-antonym

Contronym and auto-antonym are two terms that describe a certain unusual category of words. We will examine the definition of contronym and auto-antonym, where these terms came from, some examples of this type of word as well as some examples of the use of contronym and auto-antonym in sentences.A contronym or auto-antonym is a word that has two meanings which are the opposite of each other. A contronym or auto-antonym is its own antonym. Contronym is derived from the Latin prefix contra-, … [Read more...]

Dumb down

The term to dumb down was first used in the 1930s. We will examine the definition of the term dumb down, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.The term dumb down means to make something simpler, to put something in simpler words or to advance an idea in intellectually simple terms so that the widest audience will understand it. To dumb down is a phrasal verb, related words are dumbs down, dumbed down, dumbing down. The adjective form, used before a noun, is the … [Read more...]

Antonyms

Antonyms are two or more words that have opposing meanings. We will look at the different types of antonyms, where the word antonym came from, a few examples of antonyms and some examples of the word antonym used in sentences.There are three types of antonyms. Graded antonyms are pairs of words with opposite meanings which are on a continuous spectrum. Some examples of graded antonyms are hard and soft, best and worst, wet and dry. Complementary antonyms are contradictory, something is … [Read more...]

Enervate vs energize

Enervate and energize are antonyms. Antonyms are are words that have meanings that are opposite to each other. We will examine the definitions of enervate and energize, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Enervate means to drain someone of his energy, to make someone feel weak in a physical or mental way, to debilitate someone. Enervate is a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are enervates, enervated, enervating, … [Read more...]

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