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Word of the Day: Nascent


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Here’s to new beginnings!

Nascent [nas-uhnt, ney-suhnt] (adj.):

beginning to exist or develop, sometimes in the chemical state (a nascent state).

Example:
The nascent company adopted a bold marketing strategy, and established itself as a force to be reckoned with.

Word of the Day: Preternatural


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Tired of using the word “extraordinary”? Try today’s word.

Preternatural [pree-ter-nach-er-uhl, –nach-ruhl] (adj.):

Supernatural; out of the ordinary course of nature; exceptional or abnormal.

Example:

His powers were preternatural, but he made the mistake of underestimating the strength of those around him.

Confused Words: Ensure Vs. Insure


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Today, I’m posting the differences between another set of commonly confused words.

Ensure [en-shoor, –shur]  (verb):

1. to secure, or guarantee.

2. to make secure or safe.

Note: The prefix “en” means “to cause” or “to make”.

Example:

He took all the necessary precautions to ensure that his heist would go undisturbed.

Insure [in-shoor, –shur] (verb):

1. to secure against loss of harm.

2. to secure indemnity in case of loss, or damage.

3. to issue or process an insurance policy.

Note: Think “insurance”.

Example:

The only ones who care about your health are the ones who pay to insure it.

What are some other words your are confused about?

Word of the Day: Contrite


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Glad to be back after a few days away. I’m afraid I was terribly ill this past week. Even when the weather was hot, apparently, I should not have worn my summer clothes as my body wasn’t ready to be bear just yet. I had a fever for a couple of days, and couldn’t leave bed the whole time. Thankfully, I’m feeling much better, and I’m back to blogging with a word that describes my current feelings.

Contrite [kuhn-trahyt, kon-trahyt] (adj.):

1. caused by or showing great remorse.

2. filled by a sense of guilt and desire for atonement; penitent.

Example:

After getting a fever, I am contrite that I slipped into my summer clothes a bit too soon.

Word of the Day: Salient


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Today’s word is outstanding, so is the photo I added to go with it.

Salient [sey-lee-uhnt, seyl-yuhnt] (adj.):

1. prominent or conspicuous

2. projecting or pointing upward

3. leaping or jumping

Example:

His salient performance on his exams earned him a scholarship to an ivy league university.

Word of the Day: Wanton


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Looking for another word that has the same meaning as malicious, evil or mean?

Wanton [won-tn] (adj.):

1. done maliciously or unjustifiably.

2. deliberate or without motive, provocative, uncalled-for.

3. without regard of what is right, just, humane.

Example:

I’ve had enough of your wanton pranks!

Lookalikes: Impede Vs. Impend


flat,220x200,075,tToday’s similarly written words have no similarities when it comes to meaning. I used to mix up those two words sometimes.

Impede [im-peed] (verb):

to hinder or obstruct.

Example:

My online window shopping spreeimpeded my work on my graduation.

Impend [im-pend] (verb):

1. to be imminent or about to happen.

2. to threaten or menace.

Example:

I summoned all my energy and focus as the deadline to my graduation project impended.

Word of the Day: Loiter


master procrastinorToday’s word provides an accurate description of my relationship with my graduation project.

Loiter  [loi-ter] (verb):

1. linger aimlessly.

2. move in a slow, idle manner.

3. to waste time, or dawdle over work.

Example:

I loitered away my mornings, afternoons, and evenings between snacks, naps, and web browsing, doing everything but the things that needed to be done.

Stay tuned for a lovely poem as a guest post by my cousin Aya Nehme, in a few minutes 🙂

 

Lookalikes: Elicit vs. Illicit


Today, I’m giving you another set of confused word.

Elicit [ih-lis-it] (verb):

to draw or bring out forth; evoke

Example:

Our words and actions should elicit  positive changes in our society.

Illicit [ih-lis-it] (adj.):

not legally permitted or authorized. (think illegal)

Example:

I refused in participate in any illicit activity.

 

Word of the Day: Guile


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Hello everyone! I hope your week is going well so far. Today, I’m sharing with you my new favorite word.

Guile [gahyl] (noun):

insidious cunning in attaining a goal; artful or crafty deception; duplicity.

Example:

She lured him in, her smile paralyzing his logic. His vanity blocked the thought of her approach being a mere part of her guile .