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New Word a Day for Kids by Elliot Carruthers

New Word a Day for Kids

by Elliot Carruthers

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2/17/16

Apposite

Apposite

<app-o-sit>

Listen: apposite

applicable; fitting; pertinent;

something relevant to something else.

A smile is apposite at a party because everyone is having fun.

Memory trick:
apposite reminds of appropriate.

At work:
Wearing a tie is apposite for a job interview.


© 2016 E. Carruthers

2/16/16

Alacrity

Alacrity

<a-lak-rit-tee>

Listen: Alacrity

cheerfulness; willingness; eagerness;

being quick to have joy and happiness.

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

Memory trick:
alacrity rhymes with "a lack of pity".
our lacks are small because we are happy.

At work:
The meeting filled with alacrity when we heard the good news.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers
   

2/15/16

Codicil

Codicil

<kod-dee-sil>

Listen: Codicil

addendum; supplement; appendix;

an addition at the end of a book or report.

I added a codicil to the back of my report. It says where I found the information.

Memory trick:
codicil reminds of "co" "dictionary".
dictionary reminds of words.
we add more words.

At work:
I will add a codicil to the contract that will say when the job will be done.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers 

2/14/16

Importunate

Importunate

< im-poor-choo-nit >

Listen: Importunate

demanding; annoying; persistent;

being a bother at an unlucky time.

The importunate bird tried to get my sandwich.

Memory trick:
importunate reminds of unfortunate.

At work:
Don't make importunate sales calls. Always call after confirming it is a good time.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers

2/13/16

Immoderate

Immoderate

Listen: Immoderate

<im-mod-er-rate>

excessive; extravagant; unreasonable;

having an usually large amount of a thing.

Yesterday the rain was immoderate. Today the sun is shinning.

Memory trick:
im reminds of impossible.
impossible to be moderate.

At work:
Our immoderate orders are a happy surprise. We will work hard to fill them.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers

2/12/16

Quasi

Quasi

< kwayz-eye >

Listen: Quasi

resembling; almost; mock;

to be like something but not exactly.

You are a quasi-teacher. You always have the correct answers.

Memory trick:
quasi reminds of "quack".
if it quacks like a duck... it's a duck.
if it's acts like something... it is that something.

At work:
She is a quasi computer genius. She never studied but she knows it all.


© 2016 E. Carruthers

2/11/16

Fortuitous

Fortuitous

<for-two-ah-tis>

Listen: Fortuitous

unforeseen; unexpected; chance.

something lucky happening at random.

It was fortuitous we met. I was lucky to meet you.

Memory trick:
fortuitous reminds of fortune.

At work:
The surge in sales was fortuitous because we did not expect them.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers

2/10/16

Neophyte

Neophyte

< Knee-Oh-Fight >

novice; newcomer; learner;

A beginner who makes mistakes.

I am not a neophyte. I’ve been playing for a long time. Don't cover your ears.

Memory trick:
Neo means new.

At work:
I was a neophyte programmer but now I am an expert because I took classes.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers
 

2/9/16

Acquisitive

Acquisitive

<ah-qwiz-zit-tiv>

predatory; greedy; materialistic;

being eager to get things, knowledge or money.

The acquisitive squirrel gathered nuts all day. It was happy all winter.

Memory trick:
acquisitive reminds of acquire.
acquire means to get something.

At work:
She is relentlessly acquisitive about accounting. She is the best accountant we have.


Be acquisitive about knowledge.

(c) 2016 E. Carruthers



2/8/16

Carp

Carp

<karp>

nag; whine; gripe;

to constantly complain about little things.

The author did not like the carp of the critics but it made her a better writer.

Memory trick:
a carp is also a fish.
think of an annoying fish.

At work:
The widget now comes in all colors because of the carp from the clients. They did not like black and white.


Enough with the carp!


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers

2/7/16

Acolyte

Acolyte

<ack-koh-lyte>

groupie; assitant; helper;

someone who is a follower.

She was an acolyte of the mystery author. She read every book he wrote.

Memory trick:
acolyte reminds of collie.
a collie is a loyal dog.

At work:
The employee became an acolyte of the CEO. He tried to be like him.

In use:
I will be your acolyte.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers



2/5/16

A neophyte became erudite.

A neophyte became erudite.

neophyte
<nee-oh-fite>

erudite
<err-roo-dyte>

A neophyte became erudite. = A beginner became educated.

neophyte = beginner

erudite = educated

I am a neophyte at computer programming. I have a lot to learn.

She studied for years and became erudite. She wrote books to share her knowledge.

I am not a neophyte. I am erudite.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers


2/4/16

Antagonism

Antagonism

<ant-tag-on-niz-ihm>

hatred; opposition; disagreement;

having open and obvious hostility.

A cat and dog will not have antagonism if they are raised together.

Memory trick:
antagonism reminds of anti.
anti means opposite.

At work:
A meeting will remove the antagonism between you two. I am sure you will become friends.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers
 



2/3/16

Malediction

Malediction

<mahl-lah-dik-shun>

curse; jinx; hex;

a magical words used to put a bad spell on someone.

He thinks words can put a malediction on his team and they will lose.

Memory trick:
malediction reminds of "mal" or bad.

At work:
She said a malediction when her computer would not start. She said kind words after it started.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers

2/2/16

Derision

Derision

<der-rij-shun>

ridicule; mockery; scorn;

showing contempt with insults and laughter.

The boys wailed with derision when his hat blew off and he had to chase it.

Memory trick:
derision reminds of deride.
deride means to mock.

At work:
Never react with derision to any question the client may ask. There is no such thing as a stupid question.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers

2/1/16

Posit

Posit

<paz-it>

propose; presume; suppose;

to assume something is going to happen;

It is safe to posit the sun will rise in the morning. It is sure to happen.

Memory trick:
posit reminds of positive.
I am positive it will come true.

At work:
We can posit sales will rise when we reduce our prices. We will have more sales.


(c) 2016 E. Carruthers