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Moonlight

Moonlight is an interesting compound word that has a literal meaning that is quite different from its figurative meaning. A compound word is one that is composed of two different words put together. We will examine the meaning of the word moonlight, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.The literal meaning of the word moonlight is the light emitted by the moon. However, the word moonlight is also used as a verb to mean to work a second job in addition to one’s primary … [Read more...]

Mixtape

Mixtape is a compound word that originated in the 1970s. Compound words are words that are derived from two separate words joined together. We will examine the definition of mixtape, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.A mixtape is a compilation of songs on a tape, CD, USB stick, or an electronic playlist. The first mixtapes were made in the 1970s when cassette tape recorders came onto the home market. A mixtape was a way to compile one’s favorite songs from an … [Read more...]

Cloying and mawkish

Cloying and mawkish are two words that mean the same thing and are for the most part interchangeable, which makes them synonyms. We will examine the definitions of cloying and mawkish, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Cloying is an adjective that describes something sickeningly sweet. Cloying may describe food that actually tastes sickeningly sweet, or a story or movie that is terribly sweet or sentimental. The word cloying is derived from the … [Read more...]

Misogyny and misandry

Misogyny is a word that dates back to the 1650s. We will examine the definition of the word misogyny, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences.Misogyny is the hatred of women or a contempt for women. Misogyny can be expressed in a violent, confrontational manner, in a quiet system of social exclusion or in small, belittling ways disguised as humor. Some misogyny is easy to identify, while other instances of misogyny are more subtle and subversive. Many believe that … [Read more...]

Poly- vs mono-

Poly- and mono- are prefixes that often used in the English language and are sometimes confused. We will examine the definitions of poly- and mono-, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Poly- means many, a lot, a large quantity. Poly- is used to mean many types of something or many of those items. Some examples of words that use the prefix poly- are polygamy, which means being married to more than husband or wife at a time, polychrome which means having … [Read more...]

Malware vs ransomware

Malware and ransomware are two new words coined with the advent of the computer age. We will examine the definitions of the words malware and ransomware, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences.Malware is any software that is designed to disrupt the user’s computer experience or damage the computer. Malware is inserted without the knowledge and consent of the computer user or owner, its access is unauthorized. Malware is often allowed access to computers from … [Read more...]

Sepulcher, crypt, catacomb or mausoleum

Sepulcher, crypt, catacomb and mausoleum are all places where the dead are laid to rest. However, there are some differences between the terms. We will examine the definitions of the words sepulcher, crypt, catacomb and mausoleum, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences.A sepulcher (American spelling) or sepulchre (British spelling) is a small room in which a dead body is laid to rest. Most properly, a sepulcher is cut out of rock and is in more of a natural … [Read more...]

Bachelor’s or bachelors degree and master’s or masters degree

The spellings of the terms bachelor’s degree and master’s degree can be confusing. We will examine the definitions of these two terms and where they came from, the correct spellings and some examples of their use in sentences.A bachelor’s degree is an undergraduate degree obtained from a college or university from a program that usually lasts four years. The term bachelor’s degree is derived from baccalaureate, which is derived from the Latin word baccalaureus which means a student who has … [Read more...]

Man’s best friend

Man's best friend is a phrase from a proverb that is attributed to King Frederick of Prussia. We will examine exactly who is considered man's best friend, where the expression came from and some examples of its use in sentences.The phrase man's best friend is part of the proverb "A dog is man's best friend." The dog has undergone an interesting evolution in the minds and hearts of human beings. For a long time the dog was considered little more than a tool to be used for hunting and guarding … [Read more...]

Mutually exclusive

Mutually exclusive is a phrase that may be confusing. We will examine the meaning of the term mutually exclusive, when it first appeared and some examples of its use in sentences.Mutually exclusive describes two events, ideas, goals, etc., that may not both be true or both exist. In a situation in which two things are mutually exclusive, one thing precludes the other from occurring or from being true. The phenomenon of mutual exclusivity is prominent in logic and probability theory, which … [Read more...]

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