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Ailment vs aliment

Ailment and aliment are two words that may be confused. We will examine the definitions of the words ailment and aliment, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.An ailment is an illness or sickness, though one that is probably but not always of minor importance. Ailment is the noun form of the verb ail, meaning to afflict someone with a minor illness. Related words are ails, ailed, ailing. The word ailment is derived from the Old English word eglan, meaning to … [Read more...]

Wild goose chase

The idiom wild goose chase goes back at least to the 1500s. An idiom is a figure of speech that 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 definition of the expression wild goose chase, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A wild goose chase is a hopeless pursuit or foolish search after something that is in fact, pointless or unattainable. A wild goose chase is a … [Read more...]

Take the bull by the horns and grab the bull by the horns

Take the bull by the horns and grab the bull by the horns are two ways of expressing the same idiom. An idiom is a figure of speech that 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 definition of the terms take the bull by the horns and grab the bull by the horns, where they may have come from and some examples of their use in sentences.To take the bull by the horns and to grab the bull by the … [Read more...]

Horn of plenty and cornucopia

Horn of plenty and cornucopia are two terms that refer to the same thing. We will examine the meaning of the terms horn of plenty and cornucopia, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences.A horn of plenty is a woven basket that is vaguely shaped like an animal horn, filled with bounty such as fruit, vegetables, grains and flowers. A horn of plenty is self-explanatory, symbolizing abundance. The horn of plenty is often seen in art and today, is often used as fall … [Read more...]

Food coma

Food coma is a term that was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2014. We will examine the meaning of the expression food coma, its scientific name, and some examples of its use in sentences.A food coma is the feeling of extreme lethargy and sleepiness one gets after eating an enormous meal. The term food coma is often used around the Thanksgiving holiday, as the festivities revolve around an enormous family meal. The scientific name for a food coma is postprandial somnolence. Many … [Read more...]

Yam vs sweet potato

The terms yam and sweet potato are often confused. We will examine the definitions of the words yam and sweet potato, where they came from and some examples of their use in sentences. A yam is a starchy tuberous crop from Africa or Asia with a rough, brownish exterior and a white or yellowish interior. There is little carotene in a yam. It is a member of the Dioscorea genus, and usually comes from Caribbean countries. Yams may be eaten in place of rice, potatoes or bread. The word yam is … [Read more...]

Indian corn

Indian corn is a term that originated in America and is a reference to the Native Americans. We will examine the meaning of the term Indian corn, where it came from and some examples of its use today.Indian corn is a maize that consists of hard, multi-colored kernels. The word corn is actually an Old English word that means small seed, and was meant to refer to the common crop of a local district such as wheat or oats. When the settlers encountered the maize cultivated by the Native … [Read more...]

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving is a new word that first appeared in the early 2000s. It is a portmanteau of the words friends and Thanksgiving. A portmanteau is a word constructed by blending the sounds and meanings of two different words. We will examine the definition of the word Friendsgiving, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.Friendsgiving is a Thanksgiving dinner and celebration that is a gathering of friends, not family, on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day or the Friday … [Read more...]

Stuffing vs dressing

Stuffing and dressing are two Thanksgiving culinary terms that are often used interchangeably, though technically there is a difference between the two. We will examine the meanings of stuffing and dressing in a culinary sense, where these two terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Stuffing is any mixture that is cooked inside poultry or meat. Usually, stuffing consists of bread or cornbread and vegetables such as celery, onion and fresh parsley, as well as seasonings … [Read more...]

Fallow vs follow

Fallow and follow are two words that are very close in spelling and pronunciation, but mean two different things. We will examine the definitions of the words fallow and follow, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Fallow is an adjective that describes land that is left unplanted for a period of time in order to allow the soil to regain its fertility. Fallow may be used as a noun in order to mean land that is left unplanted for a period of time. Fallow is … [Read more...]

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