Plaintiff vs defendant

The words plaintiff and defendant are both legal terms and are often confused. We will look at the meanings of the words plaintiff and defendant, as well as their origins and some examples of their use in sentences. Plaintiff describes the person who brings a civil suit in a court of law. The plaintiff is the party who must prove that they have been injured by the actions of another. The word plaintiff is only used in civil court cases, not criminal court cases. The word plaintiff is derived … [Read more...]


The word defenestration was coined to describe a very specific historic incident. We'll examine the meaning of the word defenestration, the historic incident that spawned it and some examples of its use in sentences. Defenestration is the act of tossing a person out a window. Defenestration also has a figurative meaning, which is to dismiss someone from a place of power. The root word of defenestration is fenestra, which is the Latin word for window. The Latin prefix de- means away, down … [Read more...]

Deepnet, darknet and deep web

Deepnet, darknet and deep web are three terms that nearly mean the same thing. We'll look at the definition of these terms, the origins and some examples of their use in sentences. Websites that are not indexed by search engines are said to exist on the deepnet. Websites on the deepnet may be on an intranet designed only for use inside a company or a private website meant only to be viewed by a group of family or friends. Websites on the darknet are websites that are hidden from not only … [Read more...]

Demon vs daemon

The words demon and daemon are spelled in a similar fashion and have similar meanings with very specific differences. We will look at the definitions of the terms demon and daemon, the difference between the two, the origin of their meanings and some examples of their use in sentences. A demon is an evil spirit, a devil, an inhabitant of hell. Demons are often depicted with horns, a pointed tail, cloves hood and grotesques faces. Demon may also be used figuratively to describe an evil person, … [Read more...]

Dudgeon vs dungeon

Dudgeon and dungeon are pronounced and spelled in a similar fashion, but mean two very different things. We'll discuss the difference between the words dudgeon and dungeon, their origins, and examine a few sentences using these words. Dudgeon means a state of extreme indignation, the feeling of being deeply offended. An archaic meaning of the word dudgeon is the wood used in the hilt of a dagger, though this definition does not seem to have any relation to the current meaning of the word … [Read more...]

Do the math

Do the math is a fairly recently coined slang phrase that has entered the mainstream rather rapidly. Though it is unknown who first used the term do the math, we'll look at the meaning of the idiom, when it was coined, and a few examples of its use in sentences. Do the math means to add up facts and figures in order to come to a conclusion. Do the math might quite literally be a demand to analyze numbers in order to make a decision on whether to proceed on a project. It may also be used to … [Read more...]

Deus ex machina

- Deus ex machina is a Latin phrase that is most often used to discuss literature. While the term dates from around 1690, the idea is much older. We'll discuss the meaning of the phrase deus ex machina, its origins, and look at some examples of the term's use.. Deus ex machina describes an event that occurs unexpectedly in order to intervene in a seemingly hopeless situation. Most often, deus ex machina is used to describe a plot device that comes out of nowhere in order to move the story … [Read more...]

Doomsday vs Domesday

Doomsday is the last day of existence for the world. In Christianity, doomsday is the day of the Last Judgement. Doomsday is also used as a modifier to indicate a dangerous or disastrous time. The word doomsday is derived from the Old English words dōmes meaning doom and dæg which means day. Domesday is a proper noun that is used to describe a certain document known as the Domesday Book. The Domesday Book is an enormous survey that was ordered by William I in 1085. This survey enumerated all … [Read more...]

Dire vs dyer

Dire means extremely urgent, severe or serious. Dire also means something ominous or foreboding, predicting disaster. Dire is an adjective, related words are direly and direness. The word dire is derived from the Latin word dirus  which means, awful, fearful, threatening. A dyer is someone who makes his living staining clothing or other fabrics with color. Related words are dye, dyes, dyed, dyeing, dyable. The word dyer is derived from the Old English words deah and deag, which mean tinge, … [Read more...]

Decathlon, heptathlon, pentathlon, triathlon and biathlon

The decathlon is a summer sporting event that consists of ten track and field events over two days. The events in the decathlon are held in this order: 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 meters hurdle, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, 1500 meters. The Olympic decathlon is a male event, the winner is often considered the unofficial greatest all-around athlete in the world. The modern Olympic decathlon was first run at the 1912 games. The heptathlon is a summer … [Read more...]

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