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2018-06-30 15:09
For me, words have color, character, They have faces, pouts, manners, gesticulations, They have moods, humors, eccentricities, They have tints, tones personalities.Because people cannot see… Read More
Flammable & Inflammable
2018-06-27 18:17
Irene wrote that only recently had she learned that flammable and inflammable are synonyms, not antonyms. Previously, she thought that flammable referred to something that would burn, and t… Read More
2018-06-09 18:01
Michael, a truck driver from Traverse City, called in a question from Texas while he was on the road. “Why,” he wondered, “does the pronunciation of a word change over tim… Read More
2018-05-28 16:04
--> Leslie wrote, “This weekend I’ve seen references to plaques commemorating military service, and for the first time I noticed that it’s the same spelling that my… Read More
2018-05-04 22:08
Celine from Honor, Michigan, asked about the word battery. It’s another word that has many meanings, though the original English word came directly from a French word that meant a bea… Read More
2018-04-24 20:37
In the short story Reginald on House Parties, by Saki (H.H. Munro), the character Reginald muses on the fact that hosts and hostesses usually know their houseguests only in the most superfi… Read More
Frantic/Frenetic & Eager/Anxious
2018-04-09 13:41
Mildred from Kalkaska asked about the difference between frantic and frenetic. Both are practically synonyms (Merriam-Webster defines frenetic as frantic), but there are shades of differenc… Read More
Sporting Venues
2018-03-29 18:37
       Scott from Buckley asked about the different names for the venues in which sports are played. Let’s run through amphitheater, arena, coliseum, and stadium.A… Read More
Flex And Flux
2018-03-22 19:12
Ned from Lake Ann asked about the difference between flex and flux. The first difference is origin: flex came from a Latin word that meant to bend, while flux came from a Latin word that me… Read More
Philobats & Ocnophils
2018-03-08 17:41
Both words are constructions using Greek word parts, and both are used almost exclusively by therapists. They are attributed to psychiatrist Michael Balint, and they appeared in the&nb&helli…Read More

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