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Synonym vs cinnamon

  • Synonym and cinnamon are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. Confusables is a catch-all term for words that are often confused in usage. Two words or more than two words may be confused because they are similar in spelling, similar in pronunciation, or similar in meaning. These commonly confused words may be pronounced the same way or pronounced differently or may be spelled the same way or spelled differently, or may have different meanings or have almost different meanings; they may be homophones, homonyms, heteronyms, words that have a similar spelling, or words that have a similar meaning. Confusables often confound native speakers of English, and they may be difficult for ESL students and those learning English to understand. Confusables are misspelled, misused words and may be nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, or any other part of speech. Spelling rules in English are not dependable; there are many exceptions. Often, the best procedure for learning commonly misused words and commonly confused words in English is to make word lists of English words for the learner to study. A spell checker will rarely find this type of mistake in English vocabulary, so do not rely on spell check but instead, learn to spell and learn the definitions of words. Even a participant in a spelling bee like the National Spelling Bee will ask for an example of a confusable in a sentence, so that she understands which word she is to spell by using context clues. Confusables are often used in wordplay like puns. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables synonym and cinnamon, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.

     

    Grammatically speaking, a synonym is a word that has the same meaning or nearly the same meaning as another word. A synonym may have the same meaning or nearly the same meaning as a certain definition of another word but not all definitions. Synonyms are virtually interchangeable. Metaphorically speaking, a synonym is a word or name that symbolizes a concept; for instance, Mother Theresa may be considered a synonym for charity. The word synonym is derived from the Greek word, synonymon, which means a word that means the same thing as another word.

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    Cinnamon is a spice from Asia; it is made from the bark of several different tropical trees. Cinnamon is sold in many forms: oil, powder, compressed sticks, and curled raw bark. Cinnamon is reddish brown and is used in curries, beverages, and deserts.

    Examples

    The author uses “grass widow” as a synonym for “trans widow,” the controversial term for a woman who hasn’t come to terms with a partner’s sex change. (New York Post)

    Reacting to the ongoing Punjab Congress crisis, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Sambit Patra on Wednesday (September 29) slammed the Congress party saying that the party has become a synonym for instability. (Zee News)

    Make these five-ingredient cinnamon apple cookies, which are sure to please everyone’s taste buds and make your kitchen smell like a legit bakery. (Shape Magazine)

    Cinnamon is a common ingredient found in desserts and other sweets, but it is also used for savory dishes, such as Moroccan tagine dishes or Greek pastitsio. (Times-Journal)


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