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12/31/13

Spartan


SPARTAN

Pronounced:
Spar-tan

Synonyms:
Hardy; brave; simple

Definition:
Being strong and able to do without fancy things.

Sentence:
You were Spartan and you got into great shape because you exercised hard.

Memory Trick:
Spar - tan
Spar (reminds of) sparse or to be simple and plain
Tan (reminds of) tan
When we are sparse, we become tan and fit.

SPARSE TAN



Question: You're lying in a lounge chair. I espy you. Do you stop lounging?

 
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Answer: No. Espy means to see from a distance. You don't see me.

12/30/13

Duplicity


DUPLICITY

Pronounced:
Dew-plis-sit-tee

Synonyms:
Deceptive; deceit; sneaky

Definition:
Telling lies or double speaking.

Sentence:
Your duplicity is obvious because I can tell you are lying.

Memory Trick:
Dup - licit - ty
Dup (reminds of) dupe or to trick someone
Licit (reminds of) illicit or illegal
You trick someone in an illegal way, when you lie.

DUPE - ILLICIT


Question:  I give you a thousand dollars. You aggrandize it and give it back to me. Am I happy?


 
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Answer: Yes. You give me more. Aggrandize means to make bigger.

12/29/13

Swank


SWANK

Pronounced:
Swanc

Synonyms:
Fancy; Swagger; Grand

Definition:
Very showy in a big, elegant, way

Sentence:
The store had swank because the new drapes were beautiful.

Memory Trick:
Swan - k
Swan (reminds of) swan or a beautiful bird
It's pretty like a swan, when it has swank.

SWAN



Question: Your money is efflorescence. Are you happy?


 
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Answer: Yes! Efflorescence means to flower or grow.

12/28/13

Abridge


ABRIDGE
<Ah-bridj>

Abbreviate; truncate; shorten
Condensing something while keeping the general idea.

Abridge the book and it will be half the size because the extra words are removed.

Bridge (reminds) Bridge

We bridge and connect words by removing the extra words.

BRIDGE



Question: Your house is capacious! What kind of house do you have?

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Answer: You have a spacious house. It is big and roomy. Remember: Capacious sounds like spacious.

12/27/13

Agrarian


AGRARIAN

Pronounced:
Ah-grair-re-an

Synonyms:
Rural; peasant; farming

Definition:
Being a field or a large piece of green land.

Sentence:
The agrarian people farm all day.

Memory Trick:
A - grarian
Grarian (reminds of) green or green grass
The green grass covers the agrarian countryside.

GREEN GRASS


Question: We are at the zoo and the lion cage is empty. I turn around and you are lionized. Your nametag is blank, but I call your name and tell you to run. How did I know, who you are?




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Lionized means to be treated like a famous person. Being famous, I know your name.
 

12/26/13

Egregious


EGREGIOUS

Pronounced:
Ee-gre-jis

Synonyms:
Shocking; extreme; glaring

Definition:
Something that is very bad, in an offensive way.

Sentence:
The egregious bird stole our bait and we were all shocked and surprised.

Memory Trick:
E - gregious
Gregious (reminds of) outrageous
It is outrageous that you did something, so egregious.

OUTRAGEUOUS


Question: You see your faux face in a faucet. What happened to your face?
 


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Answer: Nothing. You see your reflection. It's fake because it is a reflection. Faux means fake.




12/25/13

Nascent


NASCENT

Pronounced:
Na-sent

Synonyms:
Beginning; promising; growing

Definition:
The new start of a thing that will continue on a long time.

Sentence:
The company was nascent when I started and I was the first employee.

Memory Trick:
N - ascent
Ascent (reminds of) ascent or rising up
We begin the ascent by with the first step

ASCENT


Question: Do you have trepidation, about going out, in tepid weather?
 

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Answer:  No! Tepid means warm. Trepidation means to have fear.
 

12/24/13

Hackneyed

HACKNEYED

hak-need

It is a hackneyed, cliché. It is, overused.

An Overused, saying.

stale . commonplace . unoriginal

hack - neyed
hack (reminds of) hack, or a person, who is not, very good
neyed (sounds like) need

A hack is needed, when you cannot think, of something new to say.

HACK NEED

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12/23/13

Judicious


JUDICIOUS

Pronounced:
Ju-dish-ish

Synonyms:
Wise; Sober; Sane

Definition:
Being reasonable when you make a decision.

Sentence:
You are a judicious manager because you are fair to your workers.

Memory Trick:
Judic - Ious
Judic (reminds of) judge or someone who is fair
You are a good judge, when you are judicious.

JUDGE


 

 Question:
  I am incredulous because you are sedulous. What did I say?



Answer:

I am amazed because you are paying attention. Sedulous means paying persistent attention.
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12/22/13

Credence


CREDENCE

Pronounced:
Kre-dense

Synonyms:
Belief; trust; acceptance

Definition:
Believing that something is true.

Sentence:
I give credence to the gossip because I believe the rumors.

Memory Trick:
Cred - ence
Cred (reminds of) credible
Ence (sounds like) sense
We know it's credible when it makes sense.

CREIDBLE SENSE


 Question:
 I have an animus. You have an animus. Does everyone have an animus?



Answer:

No. Animus means having hatred. A lot of people don't have one. The sun is shinning. It's a sunny 
day!

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12/21/13

Ambrosial

AMBROSIAL
am-bro-she-al

It was ambrosial. It was delicious.

Pleasing to taste.

excellent . luscious

ambrosia - l
ambrosia (reminds of) ambrosia

Ambrosia, is a delicious, cake.

AMBROSIA

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12/20/13

Aspersion


ASPERSION

Pronounced:
Ah-spur-shun

Synonyms:
Defame; libel; slander

Definition:
Telling a lie to hurt the reputation of someone.

Sentence:
He was insulted by the aspersion because the accusation was not true.

Memory Trick:
Asp - persion
Asp (reminds of) asp or a snake
Persion (reminds of) person
You act like an asp person when you tell lies

ASP PERSON


You serve a chicken dinner with verve and ketchup. Was dinner enjoyable?

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Yes. Verve means enthusiasm. You served it with excitement and energy.
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12/19/13

Ineffable

INEFFABLE

Pronounced:
In-ef-ah-bul

Synonyms:
Indescribable; unspeakable; nameless

Definition:
Something that cannot be expressed with words

Sentence:
The flowers left us in effable awe because no words could describe their beauty.

Memory Trick:
Inef - fable
Inef (reminds of) inept or not good at something
Fable (reminds of) a fable or to tell a story
We are inept at telling a fable.

INEPT FABLE



You are contrary to being a culinary. What don't you like to do?


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Cook. A culinary is a chef. Contrary means to be a person who is opposed to something. You are opposed to being a cook. Feed me please.
 

12/18/13

Levity


LEVITY

Pronounced:
Lev-it-tee

Synonyms:
Giddy; mirth; amusement

Definition:
Enjoying happy things.

Sentence:
The joke brought levity into the room and laughter and smiles followed.

Memory Trick:
Levit - y
Levit (reminds of) levitate or to raise up
It will levitate our spirits when there is levity.

LEVITATE


Question: I say, "You are apposite to a fun party."  Why do you smile?

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Answer: Apposite means being relevant to or a good match. Where you thinking opposite?



12/17/13

Accolade


ACCOLADE

Pronounced:
Ak-co-laid

Synonyms:
Praise; applaud; salute

Definition:
Anything that shows appreciation

Sentence:
The accolade surprised me because I did not expect everyone to cheer.

Memory Trick:
Accol - Ade
Accol (reminds of) acclaim
Ade (reminds of) Ade or a drink
The acclaim we drink like Ade because so much is given.

ACLAIM ADE


 Question: How many utters does a cow have?



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Answer:
None. Cows can't talk. The meaning of Utter is to talk. Cows have udders.
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12/16/13

Anomaly

ANOMALY

Pronounced:
Ah-nom-al-ee

Synonyms:
Odd; deviation; rarity

Definition:
Being something that is out of the ordinary.

Sentence:
Snowing in the summer is an anomaly because it never happens.

Memory Trick:
Anomal - y
Anomal (reminds of) abnormal
It is abnormal when something unusual occurs.

ABNORMAL

Question: You go to a laudation. You bring clothes, money and laundry soap. You use suds and torrid water. Why did your clothes not get cleaned?
 
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Answer: A laudation is a tribute. Someone is praised with a speech at a laudation. No laundry will be washed.
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12/15/13

Derivative

 Question: You amalgamate a white sock and a black sock. What animal do you look like?
 
DERIVATIVE

Pronounced:
Dee-riv-ah-tiv

Synonyms:
Unoriginal; adapted; secondary

Definition:
Something copied from a previous version.

Sentence:
Yogurt is a derivative of milk because it is made from milk.

Memory Trick:
Deriv - ative
Deriv (reminds of) derive or to come from
Ative (reminds of) active
We derive the active thing from something else.

DERIVE ACTIVE
 
Answer: A zebra. Amalgamate means to blend or combine. You are wearing black and white like the colors of a zebra.

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12/14/13

Equivocate


Do you feel splenetic because the day is splendid?



EQUIVOCATE

Pronounced:
Ee-qwiv-vo-kate

Synonyms:
Con; evade; falsify

Definition:
Avoiding a statement in order to deceive someone.

Sentence:
The child will equivocate and not confess because he does not want to be punished.

Memory Trick:
E - quiv - vocate
Quiv (reminds of) quiz
Vocate (reminds of) vocal
We make a quiz when we are vocal because we do not want to tell the truth.

QUIZ VOCAL



No. You feel less splenetic. Splenetic means gloomy or sullen. A splendid day makes you happy.





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12/13/13

The instructions were ambiguous.

Question: A denizen comes into the house. You run out and do not want to be seen. The denizen lets out a yowl and chases you down the street. You faint. What are you?




AMBIGUOUS

Pronounced:
Am-big-you-owse

Synonyms:
Unclear; vague; uncertain

Definition:
Something that is puzzling because it has many meanings.

Sentence:
The instructions were ambiguous because they did not make any sense.

Memory Trick:
Am - big - uous
Am (reminds of) am or to be
Big (reminds of) big or very large
I am too big to understand.

AM BIG


Answer: A robber. A denizen is a resident. The person lives there and you do not.


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