I have always loved etymology. Knowing the origin of a word interests me because it tells a story of people and societies, what they think about the world, and how words evolve to adapt to the realities of its usage. If you are an etymology geek, then you should check out Etymonline. This website lets you find the etymology of a word taken from various sources, helping you to study its roots. Etymonline: An Online Etymology Dictionary
Ambiguous Words Here's a bunch of words that, by themselves, have a handful of meanings. Because of this flexibility, they can be instrumental in titles for your songs/poems/stories/etc. Ambiguous Words
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Knoword is a quick thinking game that helps boost vocabulary, spelling, speed of thought, as well as increasing analytical, observational and typing skills. When you begin, you will be greeted with a single letter. Underneath will be a dictionary definition to a word, which will begin with the letter in the box. Fill in the rest of the word and be rewarded with points and extra time. The object of the game is to complete as many words as possible. Knoword | Expand your vocabulary!
9 Words That Don't Mean What You Think The English language is under assault by stupid people who use words they don't understand, and is defended by pompous asses who like to correct those people. We're not sure who to side with. So, here are some words that you'll see used incorrectly on a daily basis, and a helpful guide as to just how big of a dick you'd have to be to correct people on it. We have also included many pictures of these words being read by women with large boobs. People think it means: Regardless.
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50 Problem Words and Phrases by Mark Nichol Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to conceive written communication. So many pairs or trios of words and phrases stymie us with their resemblance to each other. Here’s a quick guide to alleviate (or is it ameliorate?) your suffering:
Tone/Attitude Words 1. accusatory-charging of wrong doing 2. apathetic-indifferent due to lack of energy or concern 3. awe-solemn wonder 4. bitter-exhibiting strong animosity as a result of pain or grief 5. cynical-questions the basic sincerity and goodness of people Tone/Attitude Words
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