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Lava vs magma

Lava and magma are two words that are sometimes used interchangeably, though there is a difference between the definitions of the terms. We will examine the meanings of the words lava and magma, where these two terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Lava is molten rock that has broken through the surface of the earth at the site of a volcano, through a vent or fissure. Lava may flow out of a volcano or explode from a volcano. The rate of cooling of the lava determines … [Read more...]

Coddle and mollycoddle

Coddle and mollycoddle are two words that are sometimes interchangeable, though they also have secondary, unique definitions. We will examine the meanings of the words coddle and mollycoddle, where they came from, and some examples of their use in sentences. Coddle means to indulge someone, to pamper someone or overprotect him, to treat him as if he were a delicate flower. Coddle may also mean to cook an egg in hot water that is below the boiling point, rendering a type of soft-boiled egg. … [Read more...]

A method in one’s madness

The expression a method in one's madness dates back to the turn of the seventeenth century. We will examine the definition of the expression a method in one's madness, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A method in one's madness is a phrase used to assure someone that one's actions have a purpose, though they may seem foolish or crazy. Sometimes it is not prudent or expedient to explain a plan in full. Telling someone "there is a method in my madness" is a way of … [Read more...]

Monetize vs demonetize

Monetize and demonetize are antonyms. Antonyms are two or more words that have opposing meanings. We will examine the definitions of monetize and demonetize, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Monetize means to convert something into money, to generate revenue from something, to earn a profit from a good or service. The word monetize is often used in business to describe turning a service that is initially offered to the public for free, into a … [Read more...]

Mach vs mock

Mach and mock are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of Mach and mock, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Mach is a ratio that relates the speed of a moving body to the speed of sound in the substance that the body is moving through. Most often, Mach is used with a number such as Mach 1, which is the speed of sound, Mach 2 which … [Read more...]

Movable feast

The term movable feast is used in a liturgical sense, but it has also come into use as an idiom with varying meanings. We will examine the definition of movable feast, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A movable feast is a celebration on the liturgical calendar that changes its date from year to year, but occurs on the same day of the week. The term movable feast has been in use since the early 1400s, and primarily refers to Easter Sunday and the other liturgical … [Read more...]

Missed vs mist

Missed and mist are two words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. We will examine the definitions of missed and mist, where these two words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Missed is the past tense of miss, which means to fail to make contact with something, to fail to catch a thrown object, to fail to understand or hear something. Miss may also mean to fail to keep an appointment. The … [Read more...]

Sadism, masochism and sadomasochism

Sadism, masochism and sadomasochism are three words that are often confused. We will examine the difference between the definitions of sadism, masochism and sadomasochism, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Sadism is the practice of obtaining pleasure by inflicting pain and suffering on another. Sadism may be of a sexual nature, or it may not. A person who practices sadism is a sadist, the adjective form is sadistic. The word sadism is derived from the … [Read more...]

Misology vs mixology

Misology and mixology are two words that are very close in pronunciation and spelling, but have different meanings. We will examine the definitions of misology and mixology, where these words came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Misology is a hatred of reason, a hatred of debate or a hatred of being free of ignorance. A misologist is one who hates reason or debate. The word misology is derived from the Greek word misologia, meaning hatred of words. The idea of misology is … [Read more...]

Momager

Momager is a new word that has come into use in the last decade, originating in the United States. We will examine the definition of momager, where it came from and some examples of its use in sentences. A momager is a mother who is also the business manager for her son or daughter. For the most part, momagers manage entertainment or sports careers for their children. The word momager is a portmanteau of the words mom and manager. A portmanteau is a word constructed by blending the sounds and … [Read more...]

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