Category: Words

Einstein grew into a garrulous adult

June 7, 2013 by in category Useful books, Words

Garrulous (adj.) = too talkative, especially on matters that are unimportant. From the Latin word garrire: to chatter. e.g. Einstein’s parents at first thought he was retarded because he said nothing until the age of five; but Einstein grew into a garrulous adult.

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This month’s light reading

June 3, 2013 by in category Useful books, Words

A “saw it and thought of you” present from my mum. “How to Sound Clever: Master the 600 English Words You Pretend to Understand…When You Don’t” by Hubert Van Den Bergh. The book intends to explain the etymology of 600 key words you really ought to know, but haven’t had the time to look up in […]

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A symphony of sublime sounds.

May 20, 2013 by in category Words

A list of sweet lyrical words  and their meanings: Dulcet: sweet Enchanted: charmed Ephemeral: fleeting Ethereal: celestial, unworldly, immaterial Evocative: suggestive Halcyon: care-free Mellifluous: smooth, sweet Murmur: soothing sound Nebulous: indistinct Opulent: ostentatious Quintessential: most purely representative or typical Radiant: glowing Resplendent: shining Rhapsodic: intensely emotional Serendipitous: chance Serene: peaceful Sublime: exalted, transcendent Symphony: harmonious […]

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To compliment or complement?

April 24, 2013 by in category Words

Are you using the right word?  An advert for a hairdressing salon in the local paper included the sentence “this new package will compliment the existing range of services…”. Spell check won’t pick this up because both words are correctly spelt. If you get confused by the difference between compliment and complement, or if you’re unsure when to […]

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