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Shiplap

The term shiplap has been popularized by American home improvement shows. We will examine the meaning of the term shiplap and some examples of its use in sentences. Shiplap refers to a certain type of board, made of wood, and how it is joined to other boards. In shiplapping, each board has a groove also known as a rabbet cut along the top and bottom of the board, these rabbets allow the boards to be joined in an overlapping manner. Once overlapping, the shiplap has channels between each … [Read more...]

Needle vs nettle

Needle and nettle are two words that are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of the words needle and nettle, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A needle is a slender metal implement used in sewing. A needle is sharp on one end and has an eye on the other end to hold thread. The sharp end of a syringe is also called a needle. The thin pointer on an instrument such as a compass is called a needle, as is the slender leaf of an evergreen tree. When … [Read more...]

High on the hog

High on the hog is an idiom that dates back to the late 1800s. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal meaning. We will examine the meaning of the phrase high on the hog, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. High on the hog means an affluent lifestyle, living luxuriously. The term is often exapanded to live high on the hog. Related phrases are lives high on the hog, lived high on the hog, … [Read more...]

Pied Piper

The term Pied Piper comes from an old German legend, popularized by a poem written by the English poet Robert Browning in 1845. We will examine the meaning of the term Pied Piper, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A Pied Piper is someone who entices others to follow him, often through outrageous promises and personal charisma. The term is often used in politics. Pied Piper comes from the German legend that has existed at least since around 1300. In the story, the … [Read more...]

Nest egg

The term nest egg has both a literal and a figurative meaning. We will examine the definitions of the term nest egg, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. The term nest egg is generally used to mean a sum of money saved up for retirement, an emergency or some other future use. The term nest egg to mean a sum of money that is saved for future use first appeared in the 1680s. This was a figurative meaning attached to the literal term nest egg, referring to an artificial … [Read more...]

Load vs lode

Load and lode are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of load and lode, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Load describes a burden of something that must be carried or transported, a measure of the amount of something that fits in a conveyance to be carried or transported, the amount of work to be accomplished, … [Read more...]

Flue vs flew

Flue and flew are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of flue and flew, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A flue is a pipe, duct, or tube through which exhaust gases from a fireplace, furnace, or boiler exit a building. The plural form is flues. The origin of the word flue is uncertain, though it is thought to … [Read more...]

Pupal vs pupil

Pupal and pupil are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of pupal and pupil, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Pupal is the adjective form of pupa, which is a stage in insect development that occurs between the larva stage and the adult stage. A pupa is a chrysalis. During the pupal stage the insect is encased … [Read more...]

Per vs purr

Per and purr are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference between the definitions of per and purr, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Per may mean for each, as when talking about units of rate, or may also mean the preposition through. Per may alternatively mean during each or according to. The word per is derived from the Latin word per … [Read more...]

Latte art

Latte art is a term that first appeared around the turn of the twenty-first century, and has recently been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. We will examine the definition of latte art, where the term came from and some examples of its use in sentences. Latte art is a pattern made in a caffè latte by careful pouring of steamed milk. A caffè latte is a type of coffee infused with steamed milk. In latte art, a skilled barista creates a picture or pattern through free pouring or by using … [Read more...]

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