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Stem-winder or stemwinder

Stem-winder or stemwinder is an idiom that originated in the United States. An idiom is a word, group of words, or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery or metaphors, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a … [Read more...]

Nevertheless vs nonetheless

Nevertheless and nonetheless are compound words that are made up of three words. A compound word is a word derived from two or more separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or of an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two or more separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway through their … [Read more...]

Majordomo or major-domo

Majordomo and major-domo are alternative spellings of the same, compound word. A compound word is a word derived from two separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or of an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two, separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway through their evolution, compound words … [Read more...]

Caregiver or caretaker

Caregiver and caretaker are two words that appear to be antonyms, but they are not. These two words are etymologically related, but have two distinctly different definitions. We will examine the meanings of the words caregiver and caretaker, where these words came from, and some examples of their use in sentences. A caregiver is someone who provides services to someone who is unable to care for himself. A caregiver may support an elderly person, a handicapped person, or a chronically or … [Read more...]

Carpetbagger

Carpetbagger is an American expression that came into use during the Reconstruction era after the Civil War. Carpetbagger is a compound word. A compound word is a word derived from two separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or of an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two, separate words, and are called open … [Read more...]

Deadbeat

Deadbeat is a compound word. To form a compound or compound word, two separate words are joined together to form another word. Deadbeat is a closed compound word, which is a word that is made up of two words joined together without a hyphen or space. This type of compound is also called a solid compound word. Deadbeat is also seen in its hyphenated form, dead-beat, but rarely. The preferred spelling in the Oxford English Dictionary is deadbeat. A hyphenated compound word is a compound that is … [Read more...]

Cheapskate

The word cheapskate appeared in the latter 1800s in the United States, and is an interesting closed compound word. A compound word is a word derived from two separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or of an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two, separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway … [Read more...]

Sugarcoat

Sugarcoat is a compound word. Compounds or compound words are words that are derived from two separate words joined together. Sugarcoat is a closed compound word, which is a word that is made up of two words joined together without hyphens or spaces. This type of compound is also called a solid compound word. Sugarcoat is also seen in its hyphenated form, sugar-coat. This is the preferred spelling in the Oxford English Dictionary. A hyphenated compound word is a compound that is composed of two … [Read more...]

Brown-nose and brownnose

Brown-nose or brownnose is an idiom that was first seen in the twentieth century. An idiom is a word, group of words or phrase that has a figurative meaning that is not easily deduced from its literal definition. Often using descriptive imagery, common idioms are words and phrases used in the English language in order to convey a concise idea, and are often spoken or are considered informal or conversational. English idioms can illustrate emotion more quickly than a phrase that has a literal … [Read more...]

Ringleader

Ringleader is a closed compound word. A compound word is a word derived from two separate words used together to create another word. Compound words are new words that have a different meaning than the definitions of the original words. Compound words are usually composed of two nouns, or of an adjective and a noun. New compound words usually consist of two, separate words, and are called open compound words. Midway through their evolution, compound words may acquire hyphens between the two … [Read more...]

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