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Word of the Day: Abrasive


This word is for those of you who are dealing with the unpleasant.

Abrasive [uhbrey-siv, -ziv] (adj.) :

tending to annoy or cause ill will; overly aggressive.

Example:

Abrasive comments on my posts will be marked as spam,” she wrote in the bio of her blog.

How would you handle an abrasive follower?

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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.

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 🙂

 

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 .

 

Word of the Day: Unscathed


we_will_survive_together_by_mr_ripley-d5h0vcdHello everyone. I hope you’re all having a fun and responsible weekend. Speaking of responsibility and safety, here’s today’s word.

Unscathed [uhn-skeythd] (adj):

unharmed, uninjured.

Example:

While his luck was running scarce, he wondered if he would come out of the next challenge unscathed.

Word of the Day: Miscreant


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Miscreant [mis-kree-uhnt] (noun):

Villain, depraved person.

(adj.):

Villainous,evil, base behavior.

Example:

The miscreant handed her the bloodred, poisonous apple. “Take a bite,” she said, smiling wickedly.

Lookalikes III: Emerge Vs. Immerge


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This is another set of words I commonly confuse. Turns out, they are not only pronounced alike but they are, more or less, antonyms.

Emerge [ih-murj] (verb):

1. to come forth into view or notice.

2. to rise, as from difficulty.

3. to come into existence.

Example:

Little bubbles emerged on the surface of the water. “Someone’s down there,” he yelled, “and he’s breathing.”

Immerge [ih-murj] (verb):

1. to plunge, as into fluid.

2. to disappear by entering into a medium, as the moon into the shadow of the sun.

(Think Immerse)

Example:

Having arrived at a dead end, Sergey caught his breath and immerged himself under the surface of the pond.

Word of the Day — Calorifacient


Wonder-50-Chili-Pepper-Static-ImageYes, calorie is the unit of measurement of energy in our food. I bet you didn’t know there was an adjective for that!

Calorifacient [kuh-lawr-uh-fey-shuhnt] (adj.):

(of foods) producing heat.

Example:

The intensity of the calorifacient chili pepper was evident on Sara’s sweaty forehead.