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Quick entries: U-V

Note: Many of the entries here will eventually become full-length posts. Some are rough and have not been fully researched. If you have any corrections or would like to add anything, please comment.

Udder vs. utter: Udder: a baglike mammary organ that secretes milk, characteristic of cows and other mammals. Utter: to say.

(Take) umbrage: take offense.

Underlie vs. underline (metaphorical senses): To underlie is to serve as the basis of something. To underline is to emphasize or highlight something or to make something apparent.

Up and go: colloquial for to go suddenly or unexpectedly. 

Up to snuff: meeting expectations.

Usage vs. use: Both mean the manner of using, but only use denotes an instance of using. So, for example, to say “Your usage of usage in that sentence is questionable” is questionable.

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Vagina: The English plural is vaginas. The Latin plural, vaginae, is sometimes used in scientific contexts (as many Latin plurals are), but there’s no reason for English-speakers to use it otherwise.

Varietal: a biological variety, especially a variety of wine.

Vaunted: celebrated or spoken boastfully of.

Verklempt: choked up with emotion. Yiddish in origin.

Vested interest: not invested interest (though there are rare contexts where that phrase might make sense). Vested here is a legal adjective meaning fixed or unconditional.

Vox populi: popular opinion. From Latin voice of the people.

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