By Ehrlich E., Lederer R.

Among television speak exhibits, radio call-in courses, e mail and the net, spontaneous-talk media has skyrocketed within the '90s. individuals are interacting extra usually and extra fervently than ever ahead of, turning the English language into an indecipherable mess. Now, this distinctive and concise compendium offers the main pressured and misused phrases within the language at the present time -- phrases misused by way of careless audio system and writers in every single place. It defines, discerns and distinguishes the finer issues of feel and which means. was once it fortuitous or in simple terms lucky? Are you attempting to be mindful, or extra absolutely do not forget? Is he fed up or disinterested? Is it healthy or fit, regretful or regrettable, infamous or notorious? The solutions to those and plenty of extra attention-grabbing etymological questions are available in the pages of this helpful (or is it valuable?) reference.

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Related word: climactically adverb. climatic (klI-MAT-ik) adjective, also given as climatical (klI-MAT-i-kel) and climatal (KLI-mi-tel) pertaining to climate. The confusion of the words climatic and climactic is usually a problem of pronunciation rather than usage. As you probably have noticed, climatic is frequently used mistakenly in substandard speech when climatic, a less commonly used adjective, conveys the intended meaning. Rarely, however, is climactic used when climatic is intended. While in published writing the confusion of climatic, pertaining to climate, and climactic, pertaining to a climax, is seldom seen, over time the confusion will probably begin to appear in books and newspapers and should be guarded against.

2. (verb) form or produce a callus. See the discussion at callous for guidance in differentiating the noun callus and the adjective callous. calumniate (ke-LUM-nee-AYT) verb make false and malicious statements about; slander, traduce. Related words: calumniation (ke-LUM-nee-AY-shen) and calumniator (ke-LUM-nee-AY-ter) both nouns. calumny (KAL-em-nee) noun, plural calumnies 1. a slander; a defamation. 2. the act of slandering. Related words: calumniate (ke-LUM-nee-AYT) verb, calumniation (ke-LUM-nee-AY-shen) and calumniator (ke-LUM-nee-AY-ter) both nouns, calumnious (ke-LUM-nee-es) and calumniatory (ke-LUM-nee-e-TOR-ee) both adjectives.

Bad choice of words. 2. poor pronunciation. cairn (kairn) noun a heap of stones arranged as a memorial or as a landmark. Related words: cairned and cairny both adjectives. callipygian (KAL-i-PIJ-ee-en) adjective, also given as callipygous (KAL-i-PI-ges) having shapely buttocks. callosity (ke-LOS-i-tee) noun, plural callosities an abnormal hardness and thickness of the skin; a callus. callous (KAL-es) adjective 1. insensitive, unsympathetic, indifferent. 2. hardened, hard. In rigorous adherence to the principle of descriptiveness, most conventional dictionaries have become guilty of attempted verbicide by indicating that callus (which see) is a noun meaning of callous, an adjective.

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