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PostSubject: Words words words   Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:25 am

Unexplainable = inexplicable?
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:23 pm

board stiff ≠ bored stiff
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Fri Feb 23, 2018 4:37 pm

excoriate ≠ exfoliate
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Fri Mar 02, 2018 2:57 pm

negligence ≠ négligée
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Wed Jun 13, 2018 6:33 am

There are two meanings of the word "commend."  One means to heap praise on someone, the other means to give something or someone over to the care of another.

These two meanings are so unrelated as to be almost opposites.

The daycare provider told the young mother, "I commend your children...."
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:00 pm

further or farther?
furthest or farthest?

Even dictionaries don't all agree of the proper usage of these.
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Fri Sep 28, 2018 1:53 pm

Why are we WIDE AWAKE but SOUND ASLEEP?

Why not wide asleep or sound awake?
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:42 am

Wikipedia wrote:
The word wentelteefje is Dutch for French toast

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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:06 am

A "comfit" is a confection consisting of a nut, seed or fruit coated with sugar.

So is "discomfiting" taking one away?
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:08 pm

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further or farther?
furthest or farthest?

Even dictionaries don't all agree of the proper usage of these.

Backward and backwards -- I always get these confused.  Backward is an adjective and backwards is a adverb, but also backwards is chiefly British and Americans use backward for either.
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:49 pm

Americans always have been a bit backward.
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:55 pm

Yes, and we are backwarding quickly now.
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Dec 31, 2018 2:35 am

"Goes off" and "comes on" have the same meaning
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:04 am

Not sure about that. I know Americans come and Japanese go, but on and off?
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:38 am

  • My alarm clock goes off at 6:30.

  • My alarm clock comes on at 6:30.

  • A smoking pan on the stove inevitably makes my smoke alarm come on / go off.

I guess it's mostly true with alarms, which "go off" when they "come on." Not so true with other devices:


  • The thermostat makes my furnace come on / go off at the same time every day.

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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:01 pm

Have you seen the Urban Dictionary? At once a useful resource and frequently hilarious.
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:59 am

Japajamas = pajamas made in Japan

Parisbornya = What your passport says if you're truly French
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Tue Feb 05, 2019 7:12 pm

"Promising snow to the Devil"
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:17 pm

A love for speaking publicly = a diction addiction

A love for fancy words = a dictionary addiction
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PostSubject: Re: Words words words   Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:13 am

Why do RAISE-ins look so much like DROP-ings?
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