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by Elliot Carruthers

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6/30/14

RECONDITE

RECONDITE

Re-kon-dyte

Cryptic; mysterious; secret;

Being not easily understood.

It is recondite to me because it is cryptic.


There was something recondite about the painting. It was as if it held a secret image.

Recon - dite

Recon (Reminds) Recon or go see

Dite (Remind of) Ditty or little

I only recon a little and I cannot see the secret. 

RECON DITTY




You are in a boat. You come upon a regale. Instead of a raincoat, you put on a shiny hat. Why?

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A regale is a party. You put on a party hat.

6/29/14

REGALE

REGALE

Re-gayle

Dinner; banquet; entertain;

Giving a grand party.

We will have a regale tonight and we will entertain many.

It was a grand regale and everyone was well dressed.

Regal - e

Regal (Reminds) Regal or royal

A regal festival is a big party.


REGAL




You babble and gabble while you play Scrabble. What did you do?

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You made noises in a fast and unclear way. No talking during Scrabble!


6/28/14

REMONSTRATE

REMONSTRATE

Re-mon-strayt

Plead; fight; dispute;

Making an opposing argument. 

You remonstrate him and stand up for yourself.




I am not afraid to remonstrate you. You do not scare me.

Remonstrate

Remonstrate (Like) Demonstrate

I will demonstrate against your argument.

DEMONSTRATE




You had a garrulous chat. Did you enjoy it?

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No. Garrulous means talking about boring or trivial things. It was not a good chat.

6/27/14

REMUNERATIVE

REMUNERATIVE

Re-mewn-er-ra-tiv

Lucrative; gainful; beneficial;

Profiting a great deal by something.

It will be remunerative and will earn money.

The money tree turned out to be very remunerative. She was glad she bought it.

Re - mune - r - ative

Re (Reminds) Repeat

Mune (Reminds) Money or profit

Ative (Reminds) Active

We repeatedly earn money when we are active.

REPEAT MONEY ACTIVE


 
You are always coterminous when I come home. I don't mind because I like you. What are you doing?

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You are standing next to me. Coterminous means next to or near.

6/26/14

REPAST

REPAST

Re-past

Feast; meal; drink;

Taking food or anything that restores you.

Let us have a repast and drink refreshing lemonade.

Tom had a delicious repast. It was quite refreshing.


Re - past

Re (Reminds) Refresh

Past (Reminds) Past or former

We are refreshed from our tired past.

REFRESH PAST




Your aunt is an antonym to a woman. What is the to you?

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Nothing. The woman is not related to you and your aunt is. They are antonyms to each other. Opposites.

6/25/14

REPOSE

REPOSE

Re-poze

Rest; slumber; rest;

Resting in a peaceful position.

I will take my repose and wake in an hour.

Re - pose

Re (Reminds) Return or again

Pose (Reminds) Pose or still

I return to a pose and I am not awake.

RETURN POSE



How can a centipede be an antipode to an annelid? Tough question.

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Antipode means opposite of. A centipede has legs. An annelid is a worm and has no legs. 

They are opposites in that way.

6/24/14

REPROACH

REPROACH

<Re-proach>

Shame; discredit; disgrace;

Find blame or fault.

You are beyond reproach because you did nothing wrong.


I must reproach you on your choice of a shirt. This is a business meeting!

Re - proach

Re (Reminds) Repeat

Proach (Reminds) Approach

We repeat our approach and find you are innocent.

REPEAT APPROACH




Your solution has great efficacy. Do I like it?

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Yes. Your solution is good. Efficacy means being able to produce an effect.

6/23/14

RESPLENDENT

RESPLENDENT

<Re-splend-dant>

Sublime; glorious; gleaming;

Shining brilliantly.

Your diamonds look resplendent because they are shinny and pretty.


Her resplendent ring was so shiny that it was blinding.

Re - splendent

Re (Reminds) Respect

Splendent (Reminds) Splendid

We respect a splendid thing because it is not shabby.

RESPECT SPLENDID



You are vociferous. You wear a florid hat. Why do they throw you out of the library?

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Vociferous means being loud and noisy. You are too noisy in the library.

6/22/14

RETICENT

RETICENT

<Ret-tee-sent>

Silent; shy; hesitant;

Being reluctant to speak.

You were reticent about speaking, but you spoke very well.


I know you are reticent to tell me where my cat is, but he is not your cat and I would like him back.

Ret - i - cent

Ret (Reminds) Return or reply

Cent (Reminds) Sent

I return your question and sent you away.

RETURN SENT





You write: "The automobile license is accepable."  Why don't I understand what you wrote?

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The word is spelled "acceptable."  I don't know what "accepable" means. 

Just remember: Accept the table.

6/21/14

RUMINATE

RUMINATE

<Room-in-ate>

Meditate; brainstorm; consider;

Thinking hard about something.

Please ruminate on it and let me know.

All he does is sit in the room and ruminate. I wonder what he is thinking about.

Rum - inate

Rum (Rhymes) Room

Inate (Reminds) Innate or from the mind

We think in a room and become innate.

ROOM INNATE



Can you use a magnet to lift up a magnate?

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No. A magnate is an important person or a celebrity.

6/20/14

SALUTARY

SALUTARY

<Sal-you-tare-ee>

Wholesome; healing; nourishing;

Being beneficial to your health.

You should eat salutary food because it is good for you.


I know broccoli is salutary, but I really was hoping for ice cream.

Salut - ary

Salut (Reminds) Salute your health

Ary (Rhymes) Airy

Salute and enjoy the airy day.

SALUTE AIRY




You drive your car on a long trip. Should you have a gascon with you?

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No. A braggart is not good company. A gascon is a boaster or someone who is a know-it-all.

6/19/14

SCUTTLEBUTT

SCUTTLEBUTT

<Skud-del-but>

Babble; hearsay; rumor;

Spreading gossip without verifying the truth.

I never talk scuttlebutt because I don't like to spread gossip.

Scuttle - butt

Scuttle (Reminds) Scuttle

Butt (Reminds) But

It is a scuttle and we say, "But".

SCUTTLE BUT


 

You have an impressive John Hancock. What are you good at?

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Signing your name! Your John Hancock is your signature! A common phrase is "Put your John Hancock here."

6/18/14

SEDULOUS

SEDULOUS

<Said-you-lus>

Hard-working; busy; active;

Paying persistent attention to something.

You are sedulous because you pay attention well.


Your sedulous study has paid off. Here is an A+ for you.

Sed - u - Lous

Sed (Reminds) Said

Lous (Reminds) Lust

You said you would lust to know.

SAID LUST




Can you outrun a snafu?

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Yes. A snafu is a mistake. It does not run.

6/17/14

SKIFF

SKIFF

<Skif>

Rowboat; sailboat; dinghy;

Being a very small boat.

Please take the skiff and dock it near the yacht.

Skiff

Skiff (Reminds) Skip

A small boat skips across the water.

SKIP






Do you ever binge on bilge?

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I hope not because bilge is trash.

6/16/14

SODALITY

SODALITY

<So-dahl-lit-tee>

Society; association; brotherhood;

Being friends or comrades.

We have sodality because we get along and we make a good union.


He enjoyed the sodality of his club. Everyone liked each other.

Soda - lity

Soda (Reminds) Solo or one

Many become one

SOLO

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

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

6/15/14

SOLICITUDE

SOLICITUDE

He sat in solicitude and could not enjoy the party because of his constant worry.

<So-lis-sit-tood>

Disquiet; uneasiness; concern;

Worry or anxiety

Your solicitude will turn to calm when you hear the good news.

Solicit - tude

Solicit (Reminds) Solicit

Tude (Reminds) Attitude

A solicit attitude is full of worry.

SOLICIT ATTITUDE




You are always coterminous when I come home. I don't mind because I like you. What are you doing?

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Being next to me. Coterminous means next to or near.

6/14/14

SUCCUMB

SUCCUMB
<Suk-come>

Submit; surrender; yield;

Making someone quit or admit defeat.

You did not succumb and you finally won.
You did not surrender and you finally won.

Succ - umb

Succ (Reminds) Success

Cumb (Reminds) Come

Our success will have to come later because we surrender.

SUCCESS COME




 
Racecar, kayak and toot. Something is very special about these words. The secret is in a mirror. 

What is the secret?

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They are spelled the same way backwards or forwards.

6/13/14

SUPPOSITION

SUPPOSITION


<Sup-oh-sish-shun>

Guesswork; hunch; speculation;

Believing something without good evidence.

You never make a supposition because you always need proof.


It was an easy supposition to assume that Billy broke the window.

Sup - position

Sup (Reminds) Suppose

Position (Reminds) Position

You suppose your position because you do not know if it is true.

SUPPOSE POSITION




Your money is efflorescence. Are you happy?

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Yes! Efflorescence means to flower or grow.

6/12/14

SYCOPHANT

SYCOPHANT

<Sik-ko-fant>

Lackey; servile; flunky;

Flattering with lies to gain something from someone.

Never trust a sycophant because they will lie to get something from you.


Good morning sir. I know I sound like a sycophant, but I must say you look handsome today.

Syco - phant

Syco (Reminds) Sicko

Phant (Reminds) Pant or breathing

Memory trick: A sicko pants as he falsely flatters.

SICKO PANT


 
You had a garrulous chat. Did you enjoy it?
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No. Garrulous means talking about boring or trivial things. It was not a good chat.

6/11/14

TACITURN

TACITURN

<Tas-it-turn>

Silent; aloof; close-mouthed;

Being not inclined to talking. 

You seem taciturn because you are not talking.


Why is your little friend so taciturn? He never says much.

Tac - i - turn

Tac (Reminds) Tact or to wait

Turn (Reminds) Turn

I use tact until it is my turn.

TACT TURN




Everyone says your web page is too multifarious. It's not good. What should you do to make it better?

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Make it simpler! Multifarious means having many different parts.
 




6/10/14

TIMOROUS

TIMOROUS

Tim-or-rus

Nervous; apprehensive; scared;

Being timid and fearful.

He is a timorous person because he is never daring.


The timorous man jumped on the chair to get away from the mouse.

Tim - or - ous

Tim (Reminds) Of timid

Ous (Rhymes) Us

Memory trick: Timid is us when we are scared.

TIMID US





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

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

6/9/14

TRACTABLE

TRACTABLE

<Tract-ah-bul>

Flexible; compliant; meek;

Being obedient and manageable.

The tractable dog is never stubborn and always obeys.



The tractable dog was very obedient. He saluted when given an order.

Tract - able

Tract (Reminds) Track

Able (Reminds) Able

Memory trick: We are able to stay on track.

TRACK ABLE



 
I see a vestige of a loaf of bread. What do I probably see?

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Crumbs. A vestige is evidence that something existed and no longer exists.

6/8/14

TYRO

TYRO

<Tie-row>

Learner; amateur; novice;

Being a beginner or a rookie who often makes mistakes.

The painter was a tyro, but now each painting is a work of art.

Ty - ro

Ty (Reminds) Tyke

Ro (Reminds) Row

Memory trick: A tyke-row is a level for a child.

TYKE ROW



You are reading my paraphrase right now. What are you reading?

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You are reading a sentence written in a clearer way. Paraphrase means to reword something to clarify it. Para in Latin means "beside of".

6/7/14

UBIQUITOUS

UBIQUITOUS

<You-bik-wah-tis>

Omnipresent; universal; everywhere;

Existing everywhere at the same time.

Snow is ubiquitous when you see snowmen everywhere.




The birds were ubiquitous. They were everywhere. I had to fight the urge to run.

Ubi - quitous

Ubi (Reminds) Ubber or big

Quitous (Reminds) Quit

Memory trick: It is ubber and it does not quit.

UBBER QUIT





Why is an ant, procreant?

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Ants procreate well. They make more ants quickly.

6/6/14

UTTER

UTTER

<Ud-der>

Speak; talk; blurt;

Saying words.

The author began to utter and read the poem well.



The man began to utter and he did not stop. He talked for hours.

Ut - ter

Ut (Reminds) Ut or a musical note

Memory trick: We make ut sounds when we utter.

UT TER






You make bathos in a bathtub. What did you do?

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You made a crude joke. Bathos is switching from talking in a high-class way to a low-class way

6/5/14

VACILLATE

VACILLATE

<Va-sel-layte>

Change; teeter; seesaw;

Going back and forth between two extremes.

Don't vacillate and do not waver.



The boy would vacillate between chocolate and vanilla and could not make up his mind.

Vac - Il - Late

Vac (Reminds) Vacates or leaves

Il (Reminds) Until

Late (Reminds) Later

Memory Trick: I vacate my position and come back to it later.

VACATE UNTIL LATER




You babble and gabble while you play Scrabble. What did you do?
 
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You made noises in a fast and unclear way. No talking during Scrabble!

6/4/14

VAPID

VAPID

<Va-pid>

Boring; dull; tedious;

Being lifeless or not animated.

The party was vapid and everyone was bored.


Your story is too vapid. Sorry. I cannot stay awake.

Vap - id

Vap (Reminds) Vapor

Id (Reminds) Id or ego

Memory trick: A vapor-id is boring because nothing is there.

VAPOR ID




You like my erudition. What do you like?

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You like my higher education.

6/3/14

VENERATE

VENERATE

<Ven-ah-rayte>

Reverence; cherish; adore;

Admiring or holding in the highest regard.

The readers venerate a good book because a good story is always loved.

Vene - rate

Vene (Reminds) Vent or say a lot

Rate (Reminds) Rate

I vent a good rate for you.

VENT RATE




You stand by your air conditioner and venerate your living room. Why are you still hot?

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Venerate means to admire. You are admiring your living room. You are not cooling it.

6/2/14

VESTIGE

VESTIGE

<Ves-tidge>

Relic; remnant; remains;

Existing now only in pieces of evidence.

A pyramid is a vestige of a great civilization.


The only vestiges of the loaf of bread were some breadcrumbs.

Vest - ige

Vest (Reminds) Invest

Ige (Reminds) Age

Memory trick: Invested over the ages and gone.

INVEST AGE




A crocodile sits on your porch. A codicil sits on your desk. Why do you keep writing?

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A codicil is an addition that gives more information about a topic. An attachment. You're probably writing a book about crocodiles.

6/1/14

VOLUBLE

VOLUBLE

Vol-you-bul

Chatty; gabby; mouthy;

Being talkative.

The parrot is voluble and the silence is always broken.


Your chatter is so voluble that you remind me of a bull.

Volu - ble

Volu (Reminds) Volume or loud

Ble (Rhymes) Bull

Memory trick: The volume of a bull is loud. 

VOLUME BULL





I tell you: "You're an intelligent and belligerent gentleman."  Why don't I want to know you?

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A belligerent is a person who wages war. You probably scare me.