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Is it time for a salutary drink?

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

Means:
Wholesome; healthful; promoting health
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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

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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.  W…

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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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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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


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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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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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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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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 hidesic (reminds of) = ick! or yucky
a hermit says ick – go away
Listen: Hermetic

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Don't be Mordant!

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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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

Loquacious

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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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
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You are always reticent when you make a speech.

Reticent
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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Today's word is Recondite

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
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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

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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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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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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?
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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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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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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
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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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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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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
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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.

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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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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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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
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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

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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:

alacrity a (reminds of) = a
lac (reminds of) = lack (things we don't have)
r(reminds of) = are
itty (reminds of) = itty (small)
alack 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

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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

APROper POSitive

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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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