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Snitch

Snitch is a word that dates back to the 1700s. We will examine the meaning of the word snitch, some clues as to where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.A snitch is an informer, someone who gives information to the police or other authority. Snitch is used as a noun or verb, related words are snitches, snitched, snitching. The word snitch may also be used to mean to steal something. The exact origin of the term snitch is unknown, but it seems to be linked with the nose. … [Read more...]

Mixtape

Mixtape is a compound word that originated in the 1970s. Compound words are words that are derived from two separate words joined together. We will examine the definition of mixtape, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.A mixtape is a compilation of songs on a tape, CD, USB stick, or an electronic playlist. The first mixtapes were made in the 1970s when cassette tape recorders came onto the home market. A mixtape was a way to compile one’s favorite songs from an … [Read more...]

Allegation vs accusation

Allegation and accusation are two words that are often confused, but there is a subtle difference. We will examine the definitions of allegation and accusation, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.An allegation is a claim that someone has committed a crime or perpetrated a wrong, though the claimant has not submitted any proof of the assertion. For instance, a person may make an allegation that his neighbor is a murderer, based on rumor and antipathy … [Read more...]

Op-ed

Op-ed is an American term that is an abbreviation of two words, though the words involved may surprise you. We will examine the definition of the term op-ed, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.Technically, the term op-ed refers to anything printed in a newspaper on the page opposite to the editorial page. In most cases, the expression op-ed is applied to an opinion written by someone who is not affiliated with the editorial staff of a newspaper, someone who is an … [Read more...]

Drop like flies

Drop like flies is an idiom that first appeared around the turn of the twentieth century. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. We will examine the meaning of the expression to drop like flies, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.To drop like flies means that a number of people are animals are dying, becoming ill or succombing to a situation in some fashion. Related phrases … [Read more...]

Cloying and mawkish

Cloying and mawkish are two words that mean the same thing and are for the most part interchangeable, which makes them synonyms. We will examine the definitions of cloying and mawkish, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Cloying is an adjective that describes something sickeningly sweet. Cloying may describe food that actually tastes sickeningly sweet, or a story or movie that is terribly sweet or sentimental. The word cloying is derived from the … [Read more...]

Implosion vs explosion

Implosion and explosion are two words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions for implosion and explosion, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.An implosion is the destruction of something by a collapse inward. Controlled implosions are often used in demolishing buildings. In an implosion designed to demolish a building, workers place devices in the areas that support the structure. The small explosions eliminate the … [Read more...]

Penchant vs pension

Penchant and pension are two words that are close in pronunciation and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of penchant and pension, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.A penchant is a tendency to do something, or a strong affinity for something or fondness for something. Penchant is a noun, derived from the Old French word pencher, meaning to incline, which in turn was derived from the Latin word pendēre which means to be suspended … [Read more...]

Expose vs exposé

Expose and exposé are two words that are related, but have slightly different meanings. We will examine the definitions of the words expose and exposé, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Expose means to uncover something, thereby making it visible, or to leave something in an unprotected situation. For instance, the term infant exposure or exposed at birth refers to the practice in ancient cultures of leaving an unwanted child, unprotected, to the … [Read more...]

Supermoon

The word supermoon is a relatively new expression and has an origin that may be surprising. We will examine the definition of the word supermoon, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.A supermoon is a full moon that appears during a time when the moon is the closest to the earth, making the moon appear to be brighter and larger. A supermoon may appear to be up to fourteen percent larger and up to thirty percent brighter. Of course, the size and reflective qualities of … [Read more...]

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