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...]

The whole megillah

The whole megillah means the entirety of something, especially something that is an entanglement of intricate arrangements or a long, complicated story. The whole megillah is an American idiom taken from Yiddish. In Hebrew, the Megillah is one of five books read on special Jewish feast days. The Book of Esther, read on Purim, is especially long and complicated. A tedious and complicated story came to be called the gantse Megillah in Yiddish, which translates as the whole Megillah. The term … [Read more...]

Morning vs mourning

Morning is the early part of the day, before noon. Morning is the time between midnight and noon, but most often the word is used to refer to the time period of the day between sunup and noon. Morning is also used figuratively to mean the beginning of something, the early stages of something. The word morning is derived from the Middle English word morewen. Mourning is the expression of grief, the official period of time during which one grieves a death or the trappings of grief, such as … [Read more...]

Muscle vs mussel

Muscle is the fibrous tissue in an animal or human body that contracts and expands in order to create movement, either internal or external. The word muscle is also used to describe someone or something that is powerful or influential or something that is accomplished through force. Informally, muscle also indicates a person who is physically strong or whose job it is to enforce rules. Muscle is derived from the Latin word musculus. A mussel is a bivalve mollusk of the marine genus Mytilus or … [Read more...]

Marquee vs marquis

In North American English, marquee describes the canopy that hangs over the entrance to a building such as a theater or a hotel. This marquee usually advertises the name of the building or the movie, play or entertainer appearing at the building. Marquee may also be used as an adjective to indicate the lead or premier entertainer in a production. In British English, a marquee is a large, commercial tent used in outdoor events of a social or commercial nature. A marquis is a European nobleman … [Read more...]

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