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by Elliot Carruthers

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8/31/14

IMMODERATE

IMMODERATE

Im-mod-er-rate

Excessive; extravagant; unreasonable;

Unrestrained in size or enormity

The rain was immoderate, but today the sun is shinning.

The immoderate wind blew us both over.

Im - moderate

Im (Reminds) Un

Moderate (Reminds) Moderate

A thing un-moderate is enormous.

IMPRESSIVE MODERATE


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8/30/14

IMPETUS

IMPETUS

Imp-pit-tus

Motivation; incentive; catalyst;

Encouraging someone to action.

Your talk was an impetus and I am excited.

Soon he would have an impetus to start dancing.

Im - pet - us

Im (Reminds) Impress

Pet (Reminds) Pet or stroke

Us (Reminds) Us

You impress by petting us and we act.

IMPRESS PET US


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8/29/14

IMPORTUNATE

IMPORTUNATE

Im-poor-choo-nit

Persistent; pressing; urgent;

Annoying and bothering like a pest.

His calls are importunate because he wants to talk about unimportant things.

Importunate

Importunate (Like) Unfortunate

Pressing forward at an unlucky time.

UNFORTUNATE

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8/28/14

INAMORATA

INAMORATA

In-nam-or-rat-ta

Sweetheart; mistress; lover;

Causing to be loved especially by a man.

I will meet my inamorata and ask her to marry me.

In - amor - ata

Amor (Reminds) Amour or in love

It is amour that makes us love her.

AMOUR


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8/27/14

INCULCATE

INCULCATE

In-cul-kayte

Impart; educate; instill;

Teaching persistently and earnestly.

A teacher will inculcate a good work ethic in her students.

Writing cat over and over did inculcate a love of spelling in me.

In - culcate

In (Reminds) In

Culate (Reminds) Calculate

We take in and calculate that which is taught to us.

Memory Trick:
IN CALCULATE


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8/26/14

INCURIOUS

INCURIOUS

In-cure-re-owse

Indifferent; uncurious; apathetic;

Lacking interest.

I am incurious about the package because it is uninteresting.

He was incurious about the package. He did not care what was inside.

In - curious

In (Reminds) Un

Curious (Reminds) Curious

We are un-curious.

UN CURIOUS



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8/25/14

INDIGENT

INDIGENT

In-dee-gent

Destitute; broke; impoverished;

Living with little money.

I never worry about being indigent because I am rich with blessings.

I moved from the desert because I was indigent with no one around.

Indi - gent

Indi (Reminds) Independent

Gent (Reminds) Gentleman or a man

A hobo is an independent gent.

Memory Trick:
INDEPENDENT GENT


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8/24/14

INELEGANCE

INELEGANCE

<In-el-leg-ants>

Coarse; unpolished; barbaric;

Possessing ungraceful and crude characteristics.

The inelegance of the hat made her stop wearing it because it was crude.


The inelegance of her hat was astounding.  Even more astounding was that we later learned it was a paper bag.

In - elegance

In (Reminds) Un

Elegance (Reminds) Of elegant

It is un-elegant.

Memory Trick:
UN ELEGANT



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8/22/14

INVARIABLE

INVARIABLE

In-var-ree-ah-bul

Constant; static; immovable;

Not changeable and inflexible.

Invariable users do not like new programs because they love their old ones.


I have to sell my ski stuff because of the invariable sunshine. It is always sunny.

In - variable

In (Reminds) Un

Variable (Means to) Variable or change

They are un-variable.

UN VARIABLE



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8/21/14

JOCULARITY

JOCULARITY

Jok-you-lar-rit-tee

Cheer; glee; elation;

Joking in a humorous fashion.

There was jocularity in the room and no one was gloomy.


His hand puppet quickly filled the room with jocularity. It was very amusing.

Joc - u - larity

Joc (Reminds) Joke

U (Reminds) You

Larity (Reminds) Clarity or clear

You joke with clarity.

JOKE YOU CLARITY


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8/20/14

LACHRYMOSE

LACHRYMOSE

<Lak-ra-mowse>

Teary; weepy; sorrowful;

Given to crying. Easily brought to tears.

I was lachrymose until I received the gift.

He is always lachrymose and that is why I always carry tissues.

La - chry - mose

Chry (Reminds) Cry

Mose (Reminds) Much


Memory Trick:
We cry much when we are weepy.
CRY MUCH



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8/19/14

LAMINA

LAMINA

Lam-in-ah

LAMINA

Bark; sheet; coat;

Laying down a coating with a thin layer.

The snow laid down a lamina and a white blanket covered everything.

Lam - ina

Lam (Reminds) A lamb

A lamb is covered in white wool.

Memory trick: LAMB




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8/18/14

LARK

LARK

Lahr-k

Escape; risky; spree;

Doing something on a whim without thinking first.

I bought it on a lark because I was on a spree.

He started jumping on a lark. He did it without thinking.

Lark

Lark (Reminds) Dark

It is foolish to buy in the dark.

Memory trick: DARK




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8/17/14

LAUDATION

LAUDATION

Law-day-shun

Accolade; acclaim; glorification;

Praising with a speech.

I will give you a laudation and the crowd will cheer you.

He got a wonderful laudation and everyone cheered.

Laud - ation

Laud (Reminds) Lord or a king

Ation (Reminds) Salutation

Praise for a lord.

Memory trick: LORD SALUTATION




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8/16/14

LIONIZE

LIONIZE

<Lie-on-nized>

Glorify; celebrate; idolize;

Treating someone like a famous person.

You lionize him because you always think he is great.


His dad liked to lionize him and always thought of him as a celebrity.

Lion - ize

Lion (Reminds) Lion

Ize (Reminds) Eyes

He is a lion in our eyes

Memory trick: LION EYES



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8/15/14

LOQUACIOUS

LOQUACIOUS

Lo-qway-she-yowse

Chatty; wordy; gabby;


Talking too much or too freely.

She was a loquacious lady because she never was silent.

She was very loquacious, but he never seemed to mind.

Lo - qua - cious

Lo (Reminds) Lo or to call

Qua (Reminds) Aqua or water

Cious (Reminds) Us

Lo.  The words flow like aqua.

LO AQUA US



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8/14/14

METE

METE

<Meet>

Deal; disperse; dole;

Giving something by dividing it.

I will mete out the money after the job and you will each get your share.

Ok. It is time to mete out your bonus. Here is your share.

Mete

Mete (Rhymes) Meet

You meet with someone to give something.

Memory trick: MEET


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8/13/14

MIEN

MIEN

Meen

Demeanor; bearing; countenance;

Having a Manner or mannerism.

You have a pleasant mien because you have a good manner.

One had a good mien and one had a mean mien.

Mien

Mien (Rhymes) Mean- or average

The average way you act.

MEAN



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8/12/14

MINUTIA

MINUTIA

Min-noo-sha

Trifle; minimal; trivial;

A small or unimportant detail

We think about the minutia because we pay attention to the small details.


He used a magnifier to read the minutia on the contract. He now understood the small details.

Minutia

Minutia (Reminds) Minimum or small

It is minimum when it is trivial.
Memory trick: MINIMUM


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8/11/14

MISNOMER

MISNOMER

Mis-nohm-er

Nickname; misname; misapplied;

Naming something in error.

It is a misnomer to call it a parkway because you don't park your car there.

It was a misnomer when she asked her husband to remove a kitty from the lawn.

Mis - nome - r

Mis (Reminds) Miss or wrong

Nome (Reminds) Name

It is a miss-name to call someone the wrong name.

MISS NAME




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8/10/14

MISSIVE

MISSIVE

Mis-siv

Memo; note; letter;

A communication sent by mail

I sent a missive and I am awaiting a reply.


A missive arrived and it was hand delivered. I opened it and read it at once.

Miss - ive

Miss (Reminds) Miss

Ive (Reminds) I have

Miss you I have, so I sent a letter.

MISS I HAVE



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8/9/14

MOLLIFY

MOLLIFY

Mol-lee-fye

Placate; pacify; appease;

Making someone happy by saying kind things


I will mollify him with good words and he will not be upset.


I did mollify him with my words and now he acted like a friendly fuzzy mole.

Moll - ify

Moll (Reminds) Mole or trickster

Ify (Reminds) Iffy

A mole uses iffy words to make you happy.

MOLE IFFY



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8/8/14

MORDANT

MORDANT

Mor-dent

Cruel; biting; scathing;

A sarcastic and mean reply

He is mordant and always has a cruel reply.

His mordant words made Bill feel like a small bug.

Mord - ant

Mord (Reminds) Mortify or to shock

Ant (Reminds) Ant or little

You will mortify him like an ant and make him feel small.

MORTIFIED ANT


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8/7/14

MOROSE

MOROSE

Mor-rowse

Cranky; sad; gloomy;

Sullen and unhappy

I will send flowers to cheer you because you are morose

Mor - rose

Mor (Reminds) More

Rose (Reminds) Rose

More roses are needed because you are sad.

MORE ROSE


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8/6/14

MULTIFARIOUS

MULTIFARIOUS

Mol-tee-fair-ee-us

Numerous; varied; many;

Having many parts and diversity.


The company is multifarious and sells many things.


My new pocket gadget is multifarious and has nine different tools.

Multi - farious

Multi (Reminds) Multi or many

Farious (Rhymes) Various

Many and various things are diverse.

MULTI VARIOUS


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8/5/14

MUNIFICENCE

MUNIFICENCE

Mune-nif-ee-sents

Lavish; bountiful; benevolent;

Being generous and giving a lot.

We appreciate your munificence because you spend money on us.

I like your munificence. You are very generous!

Muni - fi - cence

Muni (Reminds) Money

Cence (Reminds) Cents

Money to you is just cents.

MONEY CENTS




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8/4/14

NATATORIUM

NATATORIUM

Nah-tah-tore-ee-um

Bath; tank; pool;

Being a swimming pool or bath.

She was in the natatorium and bathed all day.

We stayed in the natatorium all day.

Nata - torium

Nata (Reminds) Nature

Torium (Reminds) Aquarium

Nature swims in an aquarium.

NATURE AQUARIUM




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8/3/14

NEOLOGISM

NEOLOGISM

Nee-ol-la-jiz-am

Coinage; slang; newfangled;

Being a new phrase or expression.

It is a neologism because it is a new idea.

We need to make up a new neologism for our invention. A good name will help market it.

Neo - log - ism

Neo (Means) New

Log (Reminds) Log or book

Ism (Means) Ism or the theory of

A new log explains an ism.

NEW LOG ISM




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8/2/14

NEOTERIC

NEOTERIC

Ne-oh-ter-rik

Crisp; recent; new;

Recent in origin or modern

The self-driving car is neoteric because it did not exist years ago.


Your hat invention is neoteric, but I do not think it is going to sell.

Neo - teric

Neo (Means) New

Teric (Reminds) Terrific

It is new and terrific when it is modern.

NEW TERRIFIC


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8/1/14

NEXUS

NEXUS

Neks-us

Network; union; connection;

Being a link or a connection.

We have a nexus between our groups and we have strong ties.

The team coach made us hold a string between us. It created a nexus and we bonded.

Nex - us

Nex (Reminds) Next

Us (Reminds) Us

They are next to us when we are linked.

NEXT US



I tell you, "I love your dowdy hat!"  Why don't you thank me?
Answer below...

 
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Answer: 
Dowdy means to be vulgar looking or to be in bad taste. I said, "I love your ugly hat."