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by Elliot Carruthers

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7/31/11

Is it time for a salutary drink?

Salutary
Pronounced:
<sal-u-tare-e>

Means:
Wholesome; healthful; promoting health
.
My use:
Eating fruits and vegetables are salutary for your health.  They give you energy.

Literary use:
By Virginia Woolf
Thought and theory must precede all salutary action; yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory.


Memory trick:
Salut . ary
Salut (reminds of) = Salute ( a cheer )
ary (sounds like) = airy – air ( good for health )
Salute . airy

Listen: Salutary

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Nugatory
Pronounced: <new-ga-tor-re>
Means:  Insignificant. Ineffectual. Trifling.
My use:  I think that pennies are nugatory. You cannot buy any thing for a penny. 
Listen: Nugatory

Beatific
Pronounced: <be-a-tif-ick>
Means:  Showing great joy.  Blissful appearance.
My use:  You look beatific today. You must have scored well on your test! 
Listen: Beatific


Presage
Pronounced:  <press-edge>
Means:  A feeling about something that will happen. Intuition.
My use: I have a presage that this will be a good meeting.  We always good meetings on Friday.
Listen: Presage 


Munificence
Pronounced: <mune-nif-it-sents>
Means:  Very generous. To give a lot.

My use::  Your munificence impresses me. You spent a lot of money on us.
Listen: Munificence


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7/30/11

Obtuse

Obtuse 
Pronounced:
< ob-toose >

It means:
Dull thinking.
Slow to understand.

Daily use:
You are very obtuse.
Perhaps I can find you a tutor.

Memory trick:
obtuse
ob (reminds of) = object
t (will remind of) = to
use (reminds of) = use
we OBject To USE when we do not understand

Listen: Obtuse

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7/29/11

Taciturn

Taciturn

Pronounced:
< tas-it-turn >

It means:
Not inclined to talking.
Silent in manner.

Daily use:
You are very taciturn today.
Why are you so quiet?

Memory trick:
taciturn
tac (reminds of) = tact or to wait for the right time
i (reminds of) = I
turn (reminds of) = turn
TACt,  I will use,  until my turn

Listen: Taciturn

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7/28/11

Remunerative

Remunerative

Pronounced:
<re-mewn-er-ra-tiv>
Making a good profit.
 
My use:
My pay is now very remunerative.  It shows that learning is valuable.

Literary use:
By Poe
The want of an international Copy-Right Law, by rendering it nearly impossible to obtain anything from the booksellers in the way of remuneration for literary labor, has had the effect of forcing many of our very best writers into the service of the Magazines and Reviews.


Memory trick:
re . mune . r . ative

re (reminds of) = to reap or gather
mune (reminds of) = money
r (reminds of) = are
ative (reminds of) = active
reap money are active


Listen: Remunerative

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Nexus

Nexus

Pronounced:
< Nex-uh-sss >


It means:
A link between to things.
A connected group.


Daily use:
The nexus between our two groups is very strong.
We are almost like one group.

nexus
nex (reminds of)  =  next
us (sounds like) = us or we


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7/26/11

Are you voluble?

Voluble

Pronounced:
< voll-you-bull >

It means:
A constant flow of words.
Talkative
.
Daily use:
Your email was very voluble.
I have never seen such a big email.
voluble
volu (reminds of)  =  volume or sound level
ble (sounds like) = bull
Volume bull
Sound level of a bull
a lot of sound or words

Listen: Voluble

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7/25/11

Imbue

Imbue 
 
Pronounced:
< imm-b-you >

It means:
To make someone have a good opinion. 
Inspire.

Daily use:
A good teacher will imbue a love of learning in a student.

imbue
im (reminds of)  =  IM or Instant Message or message
bue (reminds of)  =  beau or a loved one
A message that is loved
This message is loved by me, so I will take it into my mind

Listen: Imbue

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7/24/11

That is Hermetic

Hermetic 

Pronounced:
< her-met-tick >
 
It means:
Not affected by outside influence

Daily use:
We cannot be hermetic on this project.
We will need a lot of help
.
Hermetic
hermet (reminds of)  =  hermit or someone who hides
ic (reminds of) = ick! or yucky
a hermit says ick – go away

Listen: Hermetic


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Don't be Mordant!


Pronounced:
< more-dent >

It means:
a sarcastic cruel and biting wit

Daily use:
The bully once had a mordant sense of humor.
He was very nice now.

mordant
mord (reminds of)  =  mortified or shocked surprise
ant (reminds of) = a small bug or very little
Mortifying words will make someone feel very small

Listen: Mordant


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7/23/11

Pedagogy

Pedagogy

Pronounced:
< ped-ah-go-gee >

It means:
The art or science of teaching.

Daily use:
The teachers created an excellent pedagogy for online learning.

pedagogy
ped (reminds of)  =  pediatric or children or beginners
agog (reminds of) = being agog or awed
y (reminds of) = why
Teachers need a good pedagogy because beginners are agog when they ask why

Listen: Pedagogy


7/21/11

Loquacious


Pronounced:
< low-qway-she-youse >

It means:
Talking too much or too freely.

Daily use:
Thanks for sending your loquacious email.
It took two hours to read.

Loquacious
Lo (reminds of)  =  Lo and behold (or Hey!)
ua (reminds of) = aqua or water
cious (reminds of) = she us
Lo and behold. Like water,  her words flow from she to us.

Listen: Loquacious

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7/20/11

Are you sedulous?

Sedulous
Pronounced:
< said-you-luss >

It means:
Persistent continuous attention

Daily use:
Your sedulous flattery will get you everywhere.
sedulous
sed (reminds of)  =  said
u (reminds of) = you
lous (reminds of) = lust
Said you lust
You keep giving attention by saying your lust

Listen: Sedulous

7/19/11

You are always reticent when you make a speech.

Pronounced:
< Ret-Ta-Sent >

It means:
To be reluctant to speak.
Silent.

Daily use:
I am reticent to tell you the location.
My buried treasure is too tempting.

RetIcent
Ret (reminds of)  =  Return
I (reminds of) = I or me
cent (reminds of)  =  My two cents
Return to me, my two cents
I will keep my thoughts to myself

Listen: Reticent

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7/18/11

Today's word is Recondite


Pronounced:
< Rec-Ken-Die-tuh >

It means:
Not easily understood.
Hidden or concealed.

Daily use:
Please do not paint a recondite picture.
I like simple art.
Recondite
Recon (association)  =  to find out more, soldiers go on recon missions to spy
dite (slang) = a little  -  please move over a dite
Find Out More + A Little  =
You have to find out more – you understand a little – because it is not clear.

Listen: Recondite


7/17/11

Today's word is Cogitate

Cogitate

Pronounced:
< Kog-Ja-Tate >

It means:
To think hard about a problem.
Meditate.

Daily use:
I must cogitate on that problem.
I will give you an answer later.
Cogitate
Cog (reminds of)  =  A cog = a Thing
itate (reminds of) = Meditate = Think

Thing + Meditate = A Thing to Meditate about
A thing to think about

Listen: Cogitate



Today's word is Officious

Officious

Pronounced:
< Oh-Fish-Ish >

It means:
Offering unwanted help or advice.
Meddlesome

Daily use:
Stop giving me your officious advice.
I can choose my own tie.

Officious
Off (reminds of)  =  Back Off
icious (reminds of) = Vicious = Angry
Back Off + Angry  = Back off,  it is making me angry
Back off with your unwanted advice,  it is making me angry

Listen: Officious

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7/16/11

Today's word is Edification

Pronounced:
< Eddy-Fi-Kay-Shun >

It means:
The state of being uplifted
.
Improved moral.

Daily use:
Your pep talk was a wonderful edification.
I am ready to go!

EdiFicAtion
Edi (reminds of)  =  Editorial (talk)
Fic (reminds of) = Fix
Ation (reminds of) = Action
Editorial that Fixes and makes Action
Your talk fixed my low moral and I am now motivated to action

Listen: Edification


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7/14/11

There is a neophyte crawling around on your floor.

NEOPHYTE
There is a neophyte crawling around on your floor.
You are not afraid and pick it up...
Why are you not afraid?
.
....
.
.
.
A neophyte is a beginner.
So... it's probably a baby.

 NEOPHYTE

Pronounced:
< Knee-Oh-Fight >

It means:
Someone who is a beginner.

Daily use:
I am not a neophyte.
I’ve been doing this a long time.

Neophyte
Neo (means)  =  New
phyte (sounds like) = fight
New + Fight  = a new fight
a beginner is someone who has a new fight

Listen: Neophyte

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7/13/11

Your asperity greets all you meet.

asperity

Pronounced:
< a-spare-it-tee >
A harsh attitude. Irritable.

My use: 
The asperity of your voice surprises me.  Are you having a bad day?

Literary use:
At the election of 1835 he defended himself to his constituents, and spoke with considerable asperity of his late colleagues.

Memory trick:
asperi (reminds of ) = aspirin
ty
 (sounds like) = tea
I am irritable,  I need aspirin with tea



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7/12/11

Today's new word is capacious

Capacious

Pronounced < cah-pay-she-us > 

It means: 
Spacious or roomy.  Able to store a lot of stuff.

Daily use: 
Our new house is quite capacious.  We have room for a lot of stuff.

Memory trick: 
capacious
ca (reminds of)  =  California (a big place)
pacious (reminds of)  =  spacious or very big
California is spacious
Our house is like California, big and spacious

Listen: Capacious


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Today's word is Ennui

Ennui

Pronounced:
< on-we >

It means: 
Tiredness caused by a lack of interest.  Boredom.

Daily use: 
I feel an ennui.  Can we end this meeting?

Memory trick: 
ennui
en (sounds like) = on
nui (sounds like) = we

boredom is on we

Listen: Ennui

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7/11/11

Today's word is Ameliorate

Ameliorate

Pronounced:
< a-meal-e-o-rate >

To make something better.  Improve.

Daily use: 
You really did ameliorate my computer. 
It is running much faster now.

Memory trick:
amelio
rate
amelio (almost rhymes with) = a meteor
rate
 (means) = rate

a meteor rate goes up


Listen: Ameliorate


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7/10/11

Was the efficacy good?

Efficacy

Pronounced < ef-ah-casey >

It means:   
Ability to produced an effect.

Daily use:  
 The efficacy of your instructions is good.  I now know how to open the file.

Memory trick: 
efficacy
effic (reminds of)  =  effort
acy (reminds of)  =  acey or an ace (an expert)
 effort + ace = the effort makes an ace result
the effort produces an expert result

Listen: Efficacy


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7/9/11

An edifice is impressive.

Edifice
Pronounced < ed-ah-face >

It means:  A large impressive building.

Daily use:  The report you sent is somewhere in our edifice. 
It may be on the 87th floor.

Memory trick: 
edifice
edi (reminds of)  =  eddy (a river that flows up)
i (reminds of)  =  ah or ah!
 face = the side of a building
It flows up. Ah! (Impressed) by the face of the building.
Ah!  I am impressed by that very large building.

Listen: Edifice

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7/8/11

Apposite

Apposite

Pronounced:
<app-o-sit>
 Very applicable. Relevant

My use:

A cheerful hello is always apposite at a party.  A good and ready smile is excellent too.

Literary use:
By Webster
This argument is very apposite to the case.


Memory trick:
app
. o . site
app (reminds of) = appropriate
site (reminds of) = a site or place
appropriate place

Listen: apposite


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7/7/11

Beatific

Beatific

Pronounced:
<be-a-tif-ick>

Showing great joy. Blissful appearance.

My use:

You look beatific today.  You must have scored well on your test!

Literary use:
By South
The beatific vision.


Memory trick:
be . a . tific
be (reminds of) = to be
a (reminds of) = a
tific (reminds of) = terrific or great
be a terrific

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7/6/11

Codicil

Codicil
Pronounced:
 < kod-dee-sill >

It means: 
An addition or supplement.   An appendix.

Daily use: 
I will add a codicil to the contract.
It will tell you when the job will be finished.

Memory trick: 
codicil
co (reminds of)  =  co-partner or side-by-side
di (reminds of) = one of two dice, a di = one of two
cil (reminds of)  =  sill or window sill or ledge = rectangle
A side-by-side, one of two, rectangle of text

Listen: Codicil


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7/5/11

Fatuous

Fatuous

Pronounced:
< fat-u-ouse >

Idiotic.  Dull witted.

Daily use: 
That was a fatuous email.  It did not make any sense.

Literary use:
The Ambassadors
By Henry James
He would rather seem stupid any day than fatuous, and he drew back, as well, with a smothered inward shudder...
Memory trick:
fat
uous
fat (reminds of ) = fathom or understand
u
 (means) = you
ous (rhymes with) = us

cannot fathom you - us

Listen: Fatuous


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7/4/11

Alacrity

Alacrity

Pronounced:
<a-lack-rit-tee>
Cheerful willingness. 

My use:
I accept your invitation with alacrity.  It will be a great party!

Literary use:
By Mark Twain
Tom gave up the brush with reluctance in his face but alacrity in his heart

Means:
Tom gave up the brush with a "I do not want to give it up" expression on his face but a "happy to give it up" feeling inside.

Memory trick:

alacr
ity
a (reminds of) = a
lac (reminds of) = lack (things we don't have)
r (reminds of) = are
itty (reminds of) = itty (small)
a lack are itty
our lacks are small because we are cheerful

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Benignant

Benignant

Pronounced:
<ba-nig-nant>

My use:
You are a benignant person. You are the kindest manager to all your team members.

Means:
Kind and gracious to those who you lead.


Literary use:
By Longfellow
Doubtless criticism was originally benignant, pointing out the beauties of a work rather that its defects.


Memory trick:
beni . gnant
beni (reminds of) = beneficial
gnant  (reminds of) giant
beneficial giant

Listen: Benignant


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7/2/11

Apropos

Apropos


Pronounced:
< ap-rah-poh >

It means: 
To do something at the right time.  Appropriate.

Daily use: 
The email was very apropos.  It was just in time for my meeting.

Memory trick: 
apropos
(reminds of) = a
pro (reminds of) = proper
pos (reminds of) = positive

A PROper POSitive


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7/1/11

Fortuitous

Fortuitous


Pronounced:
<for-two-ah-tis>
Lucky.  Lucky meeting.

My use:
It was a fortuitous day when we've met.  I was lucky to meet someone like you.

Literary use:
 
It was from causes seemingly fortuitous . . . that all the mighty effects of the Reformation flowed.
--Robertson.

So as to throw a glancing and fortuitous light upon the whole
--Hazlitt.


Memory trick:
Fortuitous
Fortu (reminds of) = fortune
it (reminds of) = it
o (reminds of) = oh
us (reminds of) = us
fortune - it - oh - us



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