Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Miss

Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Miss are titles that are used before surnames or full names as a sign of respect. We will look at the definition of these terms, where they come from, when to use them and some examples of their use in sentences. Mr. is a title used before a surname or full name of a male, whether he is married or not. Mr. is an abbreviation for Mister, it is pronounced like the word Mister. The abbreviation Mr. has been in use since the fifteenth century, it is a variant of the word … [Read more...]

Aggravate vs mitigate

Aggravate and mitigate are antonyms, which are words that have opposite meanings to each other. We will look at the definitions of the words aggravate and mitigate, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Aggravate means to make a situation, problem or injury worse, to render something more severe or serious. The word aggravate may be used in an informal manner to mean to exasperate someone, to annoy someone. The word aggravate is derived from the Latin word … [Read more...]

Muckamuck, mucky-muck and muckety-muck

The terms muckamuck, mucky-muck and muckety-muck are different variations of the same term. We will look at the words muckamuck, mucky-muck and muckety-muck, their definition and where they come from. We will also look at a few examples of their use in sentences. Muckamuck, mucky-muck and muckety-muck describe someone important, especially someone who is self-important. The term is most often modified with the word high, as in high muckamuck, high mucky-muck and high muckety-muck. Mostly a … [Read more...]

Magical realism

Magical realism is a literary term that has its roots in German art. We will look at the meaning of the term magical realism, its characteristics, where the term comes from and some examples of its use in sentences. Magical realism is a literary term that describes stories in which magical or fantastic elements are woven into everyday life and accepted as a normal occurrence. In general, the characteristics of a literary work in the magical realism genre include a real world setting, … [Read more...]


Mojo is an American word by way of Africa, it has a literal and a figurative meaning. We'll discuss the meanings of the word mojo, where the word comes from, and look at its use in a few sentences. Mojo may mean a magic talisman or charm or the power derived from that magic talisman or charm. Often, this mojo is carried in a pouch around one's neck. Figuratively, mojo refers to someone's personal power, his ability to influence others, his sexual magnetism. The word mojo first appeared around … [Read more...]

Soliloquy vs monologue

A soliloquy and a monologue are both spoken by one person, but there is a difference between the two. We'll look at the meaning of soliloquy and monologue, where the words come from and examples of their use in sentences. A soliloquy is a speech performed by a single character, usually in a play. In a soliloquy the character speaks his thoughts out loud, to himself. This literary device allows the audience to know what the character is thinking, though the other characters are not present and … [Read more...]

Sarcophagus vs mausoleum

- The words sarcophagus and mausoleum are often used interchangeably, but in reality, there is a difference between the two terms. We will explain the similarities and differences between the words sarcophagus and mausoleum, explain the origins of these two terms, and show a few examples. A sarcophagus is a tomb composed of stone or marble, it is above ground. A sarcophagus is usually inscribed or decorated. Many tombs in Ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece included a sarcophagus. Today, a … [Read more...]

Morbid vs moribund

- Morbid and moribund are two words that very close in pronunciation and spelling, but mean two different things. We will look at the difference between the words morbid and moribund, and look at their common roots. In addition, we will provide examples to show the difference in their use. Morbid is an adjective which describes someone who has an abnormally intense interest in unpleasant or gruesome subjects such as suffering, disease and death. Being morbid may be a lifelong mindset or only … [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...]


Manspreading is the process in which a man sits on a public conveyance such as a bus or train with his legs spread wide apart in order to take as much space as possible and discourage other passengers from sitting close to him. The idea of men sitting on public conveyances with their legs spread very wide has been bandied about on the internet since 2008, but the New York blog AM New York was the first place where the term man spread was used, in 2014. The term proved very popular, and the noun … [Read more...]

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