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Lookalikes — Desperate Vs. Disparate


ImageToday, I bring you another set of doppelgangers.

Desperate Vs. Disparate

Desperate [des-per-it, -prit] (adj.):

1. Having an urgent need, desire.

2. Reckless, dangerous because of despair.

Example:

She was so desperate for his attention, she jumped in the pool with her clothes on just so he could glance one more time at her before he walked out of that door.

Disparate [dis-per-it, dih-spar-](adj.):

Distinct, dissimilar, essentially different.

Example:

Their personalities were so disparate, that everyone understood their attraction but nobody could comprehend how they managed to live under one roof.

Vocabulary Lookalikes — Appraise Vs. Apprise


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The English language has several similarly spelled words which are distant in meaning. Don’t we all get our words confused sometimes? Today’s words are doppelgangers. For the sake of not confusing those two words together, here are their meanings and proper usage.

Appraise Vs. Apprise

Appraise [uh-preyz] (verb):

estimate or determine the worth, importance, or quality of something.

Example:

After she appraised the situation, she decided that the best thing to do was to walk away and never look back.

Apprise [uh-prahyz] (verb):

to give advice; to inform, advise.

Example:

I asked his sister to apprise me of what to get him on Valentine’s Day.

Word of the Day: Iridescent


ImageToday’s word brings some light and color into those gloomy winter days.

Iridescent [ir-i-des-uh nt] (adj.) or (noun):

displaying a play of lustrous colors, like those of a rainbow.

Example:

His iridescent eyes, like those of a cat, peered at her, luring her to walk toward her own death.

Feel free to submit examples in the comment box. Hope you all had an iridescent Sunday!