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Substantiate

Substantiate

<sub-stan-she-ate>

prove; confirm; verify;

to validate that a statement is true.

The pictures in my wallet will substantiate that the dog belongs to me. He is my lost puppy.

Memory trick:
substantiate reminds of submit.
we submit something for proof.

At work:
The data did substantiate our claims. Our audit program found millions in savings.

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(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Soporific

Soporific

<soh-for-rif-ick>

calming; hypnotic; sedative;

something that causes a person to get sleepy.

The lecture was soporific. I was glad to catch up on my sleep.

Memory trick:
soporific sounds like sofa.
we can fall asleep on a sofa or couch.

At work:
Our advertisements were soporific until we added talking monkeys. Now they are entertaining.

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(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Homogeneous

Homogeneous

<ho-mo-jeen-us>

alike; similar; equal;

being of the same kind.

He only wears homogeneous shirts. They are always white.

Memory trick:
homogeneous reminds of home.
things at home are alike.

At work:
We need to get away from homogeneous packaging. You can't tell one product from another.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers





Postulate

Postulate

<pahs-too-layte>

theorize; hypothesize; presume;

to suppose something to be true.

The secret to playing pool is to postulate where the ball will end up.

Memory trick:
postulate reminds of formulate.

At work:
We need to research and not just postulate. We should not guess at what the customers will like.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Largess

Largess

<lar-jess>

gift; generosity; donation;

generously giving money away.

He needed a bag to carry away the largess given by his relatives.

Memory trick:
largess reminds of large.
we give large amounts of money.

At work:
We will have a big largess for bonuses this year. It was a good year.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers




Talisman

Talisman

<tahl-lis-men>

totem; charm; mascot;

something believed to bring luck.

His purple hat is a Talisman. He thinks his team will win when he wears it.

Memory trick:
talisman reminds of tale man.
a good tale will be told when we have luck.

At work:
Our logo is a pony because it is our Talisman. Our founder thinks it brings in sales.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Vacuous

Vacuous

<vak-you-us>

silly; idiotic; empty;

being unintelligent in the mind.

He proved he was not vacuous when he wrote a best selling novel.

Memory trick:
vacuous reminds of vacuum.
nothing is in a vacuum.

At work:
The meeting was not vacuous. I was happy with the ideas put forth.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Orthodox

Orthodox

<awe-tho-doks>

conservative; conventional; accepted;

something traditional or the way it has always been done.

She wears orthodox clothes because she wants to be conservative and professional. She never wears wild outfits.

Memory trick:
orth is not north.
we stay in one place.

I no longer use orthodox sales techniques because the Internet has changed everything. Making a sales call in person is no longer efficient.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Peruse

Peruse

<per-rooz>

study; examine; analyze;

To read something with great attention.

The woman will peruse the menu because she is a picky eater.

Memory trick:
ruse.
we read carefully when we want to avoid a ruse.
a ruse it a trick or a cheat.

At work:
I will peruse the report tonight. I will tell you what I think in the morning.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Profligate

Profligate

praf-lah-gayte>

corrupt; extravagant; reckless;

being wasteful of money or materials.

I had profligate spending habits until I read a book about saving money.

Memory trick:
our profit goes out the gate.

At work:
We are profitable now that we stopped the profligate spending on office supplies.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Plaudits

Plaudits

<ploor-ditz>

acclaim; applause; cheers;

to get praise for doing something well.

He could not hear himself because of the plaudits of the crowd.

Memory trick:
plaudits reminds of applaud.

At work:
The workers got plaudits and gifts from the CEO. Everyone was happy.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Philanthropy

Philanthropy

<fil-lant-trow-pee>

charity; donation; generosity;

giving away money for a good cause.

Her philanthropy meant the animals would have a warm bed and good food.

Memory trick:
philanthropy reminds of fill atrophy.
atrophy means to get smaller.
we fill the atrophy and make it bigger when we donate.

At work:
Philanthropy is big in our company. We give free computers to the schools.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers




Cumbersome

Cumbersome

<kom-bur-sum>

bulky; awkward; heavy;

something that is clumsy to carry.

The boy carried the cumbersome bricks. He stumbled and kept dropping them.

Memory trick:
cumbersome reminds of cucumber.
cucumbers are big.
imagine carrying too many cucumbers.

At work:
The projector is too cumbersome to take on sales calls. We need to buy a smaller one.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Potable

Potable

<poh-tah-bul>

edible; safe; clean;

something untainted that is suitable for drinking.

The lake was a source of potable clear water. We did not need plumbing.

Memory trick:
potable reminds of pot-able.
It's good enough to put in a pot.

At work:
The water cooler is potable and the snacks are healthy. It is a great break room.



(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Impertinent

Impertinent

<iym-pert-tan-nent>

rude; arrogant; offensive;

acting in a disrespectful and brash way.

The impertinent bird stole the donut out of my hand. Its boldness was shocking.

Memory trick:
impertinent reminds of imperfect.
imperfect people are rude.

At work:
Do not be impertinent when on a sales call. Be nice and show respect.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Vim

Vim

<vym>

enthusiasm; strength; passion;

being alive with energy;

The child ran with vim and laughter. He eventually dropped and took a nap.

Memory trick:
vim reminds of vitality.

At work:
The CEO gave a speech with vim and vigor. Everyone cheered with excitement.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Gambit

Gambit

<gahm-bit>

ploy; trick; plot;

giving away something to get something better later.

Putting out tuna was a good gambit. She made friends with the cat.

Memory trick:
gambit reminds of gamble.
we gamble someone will fall for our offer.

At work:
The bank gave away free tablets. It was a clever gambit because people opened accounts.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Abeyance

Abeyance

<ah-bay-yense>

inactivity; discontinuation; recess;

something that is suspended or discontinued.

Buggy whip sales fell into abeyance because of the invention of the automobile.

Memory trick:
abeyance reminds of obey.
we obey the circumstance and stop doing something.

At work:
The use of the bug tracking system fell into abeyance because the software was so good.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Deft

Deft

<deaft>

skillful; nimble; agile;

doing something fast and expertly.

The goat was a deft climber and balanced on the edge of the cliff.

Memory trick:
deft reminds of definitely.
when you are skilled you will definitely complete it.

At work:
The deft artist created beautiful artwork for our presentation.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Balmy

Balmy

<bom-mee>

tranquil; mild; tropical;

comfortable and pleasant weather.

A balmy breeze came in my window. I imagined I was on a tropical beach.

Memory trick:
balmy reminds of balanced.
balanced weather is not too hold or cold.

At work:
The balmy weather made our outdoor promotion a success. A lot of people came.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Latent

Latent

<lay-tent>

dormant; lurking; smoldering;

something hidden before making its appearance.

The detective would find the latent fingerprints. The mouse stole the cheese.

Memory trick:
latent reminds of late.
something late is hidden until we see it.

At work:
She had a latent talent for leadership. She surprised herself by managing the team well.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Travesty

Travesty

<trah-ves-tee>

farce; sham; satire;

an absurd and inferior imitation of something.

The painting became a travesty when she added clowns. It was no longer serious art.

Memory trick:
we traverse away when something is badly done.

At work:
We prevented the new product from becoming a travesty by doing research. The new version was better than the old.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Decamp

Decamp

<dee-kamp>

flee; run; escape;

to leave quickly or secretly.

We decided to decamp when it started raining. The picnic was over.

Memory trick.
decamp reminds of "un camp".
we pack up the camp and leave.

At work:
It was a good idea to decamp when the client agreed to the deal. We did not want to ruin it by talking more.


(c) 2015 E.  Carruthers

Disseminate

Disseminate

<dis-sem-min-nayte>

spread; circulate; publish;

to widely distribute something.

The seeds disseminate in the spring and become an endless bed of flowers.

Memory trick:
disseminate reminds of "distribute great".

At work:
We must disseminate the news of our discovery. Tell everyone far and wide.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Adieu

Adieu

<ah-dew>

goodbye; farewell; ta-ta;

something said on parting.

I will say adieu and go on my way. See you again soon.

Memory trick:
adieu reminds of adios.

At work:
I will close the meeting and bid you adieu.  Thank you for coming.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Laconic

Laconic

<lah-kon-nik>

short; brief; snippy;

getting right to the point with few words.

The book was laconic and I read it in an hour. It was short and to the point.

Memory trick:
laconic reminds of "lac" or lack.
lacking words.

At work:
Please keep your reports laconic because my time is limited.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Ambivalent

Ambivalent

<ahm-biv-al-lent>

doubtful; unsure; iffy;

being conflicted about what to do.

The child was ambivalent. She could not decide between vanilla and chocolate.

Memory trick:
am bi.
bi means two or two choices.

At work:
We are ambivalent about the product colors. We want red and they want blue.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Blather

Blather

<blah-thur>

chatter; yap; ramble;

to talk a lot without making sense.

The blather bored me to tears. I feel asleep not understanding a word they said.

Memory trick:
blather reminds of blab or blabber.

At work:
Our advertisement is blather. No one will watch it or understand our message:


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Arbitrator

Arbitrator

<arr-bih-tray-tor>

judge; referee; umpire;

someone who settles disagreements.

I will be the arbitrator. I will flip a coin to see who gets the last piece of cake.

Memory trick:
arbitrator reminds of traitor.
a traitor may not take our side.

At work:
An arbitrator will be brought in to settle disputes. There will be no favoritism.


(c)  2015 E. Carruthers

Sentient

Sentient

<sent-shint>

alive; alert; aware;

being responsive and able to understand things.

The robot became sentient when I put in new batteries. It greeted me.

Memory trick:
sentient reminds of sent.
messages are sent from something living.

At work:
The presentation had a sentient air because of the music and animation. It was lively.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Convoke

Convoke

<kon-volk>

assemble; convene; call;

to summon someone to a gathering.

I use a dog whistle to convoke an excited group of happy dogs. They come from miles around.

Memory trick:
convoke reminds of convene.
we convene or call a meeting.

At work:
Let's convoke with the sales department and work out the details. We are ready to ship.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Raucous

Raucous

<rawk-kus>

loud; unruly; wild;

a noisy uncontrolled disturbance.

The children made a raucous in the house. You could not hear yourself think.

Memory trick:
raucous reminds of "rock us".
loud noise rocks us.

At work:
The raucous from the construction will make it impossible to work. It will be too noisy.

(c) 2015 E.  Carruthers

Perplex

Perplex

<per-pleks>

baffle; bewilder; puzzle

something that is confusing.

A mystery movie will perplex the audience. They don't know the answer until the end.

Memory trick:
remember perp.
a perp is an unknown person who committed a crime.
they are a mystery.

At work:
The complicated regulations perplex the accountants. They will spend days understanding them.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Unimpeachable

Unimpeachable

<uhn-imm-pee-cha-bul>

reliable; spotless; trustworthy;

someone or something that is dependable and uncorrupted.

The story was unimpeachable because there were many witnesses who saw the same thing.

Memory trick:
unimpeachable reminds of impeach.
we impeach someone when they are dishonest.
impeach means to remove someone from power.
they cannot be impeached because they are honest.
they are- un impeachable.

At work:
The results of the testing are unimpeachable. We get the same results each time.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers




Hoary

Hoary

<or-ree>

antiquated; old; grizzled;

something that is ancient.

The hoary recliner sat in the den for ages. Dad was not happy to find a new chair in its place.

Memory trick:
we say hooray when something exists a long time.
A hooray is a shout of cheer.

At work:
Our office felt hoary until we replaced everything. It was now bright and happy.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Fete

Fete

<fate>

gala; fiesta; party;

a gathering for a celebration.

We will plan a fete to celebrate your birthday. We will have cake and balloons.

Memory trick:
fete sounds like fate.
it is fate to meet at a party.

At work:
We will have a fete to announce our new product. Either that or it's Friday.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Jocund

Jocund

<jok-kund>

happy; joyful; gleeful;

feeling good and cheerful.

The jocund song made everyone feel great. We all had fun.

Memory trick:
Jocund reminds of joke.

At work:
The office party had a jocund feel because everyone was smiling and laughing.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers






Lucid

Lucid

<loo-sid>

simple; clear; plain;

something that is easy to understand.

I studied a lot and each question was lucid to me. I scored perfect.

Memory trick:
lucid reminds of lucky.
lucky it is simple.

At work:
I took a walk to think and the answer to the problem became lucid. It was solved.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Opaque

Opaque

<oh-pake>

cloudy; unclear; blurred;

something that cannot be seen through.

The trees made an opaque barrier between the houses. They made the yard private.

Memory trick:
opaque reminds of oppose.

At work:
The prior results must be opaque to the people testing. This way they can't cheat.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Flippant

Flippant

<flip-pant>

playful; rude; impudent;

having a disrespectful attitude.

The student was flippant and the teacher asked her to leave the classroom.

Remember:
flippant reminds of "flip ant".
we flip something by turning it around.
an ant is small.
we make someone feel small when we turn around their words.

At work:
You will get better customer service if you are not flippant. Be nice and pleasant.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Involute

Involute

<in-vah-loot>

intricate; complicated; confused;

something that is complex and involved.

The map is an involute maze of twists and turns. I don't know how to get there.

Remember:
Involute reminds of convoluted.
convoluted means to make something confusing.

At work:
Our software has an involute feel and it is hard to use. We must make it simpler.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Vexation

Vexation

<veks-aay-shun>

anger; aggravation; irritation;

being annoyed or agitated.

The dripping water caused a constant vexation. I woke up and shut off the water.

Remember:
vexation reminds of aggravation.

Our vexation went away when the other company ended the lawsuit. It was a great day.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Extrinsic

Extrinsic

<egg-strinz-zik>

outside; external; imported;

something that is foreign.

The gift came from an extrinsic source. We never knew who gave it.

Memory trick:
extrinsic reminds of external.

At work:
We will be audited by an extrinsic auditor. They will come into the office next week.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Elucidate

Elucidate

<ee-loo-sah-dayte>

explain; clarify; decode;

to make something clear and simple.

A picture will elucidate a complicated story because a picture paints a thousand words.

Memory trick:
elucidate reminds of lucid.
lucid means to think clearly.

At work:
We need to elucidate the instructions. The text is too small and the words are unclear.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Providential

Providential

<pra-vid-den-shul>

fortunate; lucky; opportune;

something happy that happens at a good time.

Winning the lottery was providential after they bought a new house. They paid it off in full.

Remember:
providential reminds of provide.
provide means to give something needed.

At work:
It was providential that the market went up right after the stock went public. We made a lot of money.


(C) 2015 E. Carruthers

Rigmarole

Rigmarole

<rig-mah-roll>

babble; tale; silliness;

a story that is nonsense.

The fist chapter was rigmarole but the rest of the book was good.

Memory trick:
rigmarole reminds of rig.
something rigged is fake.
example: The game is rigged and you cannot win.

At work:
We must remove the rigmarole from our ads. We should only talk about the product.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers




Ersatz

Ersatz

<air-zots>

fake; phony; false;

something that is artificial or counterfeit.

Never buy ersatz lemonade. Always make sure it has lemon juice. Some brands are all sugar.

Memory trick:
ersatz reminds of err.
an err is a mistake.
we mistake fake for real.

The bug problem went away when we got ersatz flowers. No one was happy because we missed the aroma the office.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Poignant

Poignant

<poy-yant>

bitter; heartbreaking; sorrowful;

something that makes you sad or mournful.

Our poignant moment turned to joy when the lost puppy was found.

Memory trick:
poi reminds of poor.
poor us.

At work:
There were many poignant feelings at the retirement party. He was going to be missed.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Magnanimous

Magnanimous

<mag-nan-nah-mus>

charitable; generous; unselfish;

being forgiving and good to someone less fortunate than you.

The boy was kind and he let the fish go. He was always magnanimous to small animals.

Remember:
magnanimous reminds of generous.

At work:
We're lucky to have a magnanimous CEO. He always treats us well.

(c) 2015 E. Carrruthers

Indefatigable

Indefatigable

<inn-deh-fat-tig-gah-bul>

tireless; persistent; energetic;

being consistent and untiring.

The indefatigable dog chased the ball all day. He never got tired.

Memory trick:
indefatigable reminds of "not fatigue".
fatigue means to be tired.

At work:
We are successful because of your indefatigable hard work. You never quit.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Equivocal

Equivocal

<ear-kwiv-vah-kul>

unclear; vague; hazy;

something with many possible meanings or results.

The movie had an equivocal ending. We never learned the end of the story.

Remember:
equivocal reminds of "equal vocal".
it's equally vocal when there can be many answers.

At work:
She never gives us equivocal directions. We always know what to do.

P.S.
You are a neophyte. = You are a beginner who makes mistakes. (knee-oh-fight)

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers





Delectation

Delectation

<dee-lek-tay-shun>

joy; happiness; elation;

feeling pleasure or enjoyment.

Candy is my favorite delectation. It always makes me smile.

Remember:
delectation reminds of delectable.
something delectable is pleasant.

At work:
An air of delectation filled the room when we won the contract. A handshake sealed the deal.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Vagary

Vagary

<va-gair-ree>

erratic; change; oddity;

an unexplained and unexpected change.

His wearing a tie was a vagary to everyone. He always wore sweaters.

Remember:
vagary remind of vague.
changes are vague or unclear to us.

At work:
Never drink alcohol at the office party. Vagary behavior will occur and it's never good.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Lackadaisical

Lackadaisical

<lak-ah-days-zik-kal>

lazy; passive; relaxed;

lacking energy or having no interest.

I felt lackadaisical and had no desire to clean. I watch movies all day.

Remember:
lackadaisical reminds of lack.
we have a lack of enthusiasm.

At work:
We felt lackadaisical after the big meal. We got back to work after drinking coffee.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Vehement

Vehement

angry; furious; violent;

<vee-heh-meant>

showing strong and powerful emotions.

Her workouts are vehement. She always works up a sweat.

Remember:
vehement reminds of violent.

At work:
The stockholders showed their vehement opposition to the proposal. They became agreeable when they learned the details.


(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Ostentatious

Ostentatious

<ahs-sten-tay-shish>

gaudy; classy; showy;

something flashy meant to impress others.

Her ostentatious hat had flowers and diamonds on it. Everyone gasped when they saw it.

Memory trick:
ostentatious reminds of ostrich.
an ostrich is flashy.

At work:
Our presentation should be ostentatious. Let's add dancing clowns with banjos.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Pell-mell

Pell-mell

<pel-mel>

chaotic; hastily; confused;

to do something hurriedly and disordered.

She ran around pell-mell. She packed so quickly she forgot the tickets.

Memory trick:
pell-mell-fell

At work:
We can't build software in a pell-mell way. We have to design it and be organized.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Exultant

Exultant

<ehk-zalt-tant>

elated; happy; joyous;

being gleeful and triumphant.

The exultant crowd roared with joy. The game was over and we won.

Memory trick:
exultant reminds of excitement.

At work:
We became exultant when we learned of winning the award. People danced in the halls.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Unsavory

Unsavory

<uhn-save-or-ree>

unattractive; nasty; shady;

anything unappealing in sight, smell or character.

The man looked unsavory but he looked great after the makeover.

Memory trick:
un reminds of not.
savor means to enjoy.
not enjoy.

At work:
Our menus are unsavory. We need to make them look better.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers





Prodigious

Prodigious

<proh-dij-gish>

huge; immense; vast;

something  amazingly large.

I found a prodigious eye looking at me. It was time to start rowing the boat.

Memory trick:
prodigious reminds of prod.
I prod you with my finger to look at it- because it is amazing.

At work:
We won a prodigious client. It's going to be a great year because they have a lot of money.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers


Divergent

Divergent

<dye-ver-jent>

contrary; diverse; different;

being unalike and going in different directions.

His books took a divergent path. He was a novelist but now he draws cartoons.

Memory trick:
diver gent.
a diver swims away from the world.

At work:
The web product is divergent from the old desktop product. We will get a lot of new sales.



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(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Rubicon

Rubicon

<roo-be-kon>

last chance; decisive moment; crossroads;

the point of no return.

Our boat crossed the Rubicon. We had enough gas to reach the island. We did not have enough gas to return to the mainland. We had to continue our journey.

Memory trick
rub icon
we rub the icon before we click.
once we click it... we cannot undo it.

At work:
We crossed the Rubicon a year ago. We cannot cancel the project because we have too much invested in it.

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(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Discombobulate

Discombobulate

<dis-kom-bob-yew-layte>

confuse; bewilder; baffle;

to make someone unable to think clearly.

Math will not discombobulate you with study and hard work.

Remember:
discombobulate reminds of discomfort.
we feel discomfort when confused.

At work:
We don't want to discombobulate the client. We need to make the instructions clear.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Precocious

Precocious

<pre-koh-shish>

smart; gifted; bright;

being young and having the intelligence of someone who is mature.

The precocious child beat all the adults at chess.

Memory trick:
precocious reminds of precious.
someone who is young is precious.

At work:
You must have been a precocious child. Your programing skills are amazing for someone so young.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers




Culpable

Culpable

<kul-pah-bul>

guilty; responsible; liable;

blame that is earned or deserved.

The dog is culpable in the disappearance of the cake.

Memory trick:
culpable reminds of gulp.
we gulp or swallow hard when we are guilty.

At work:
We are not culpable for the loss of the money. We can prove it and we can get it back for you.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers



Clandestine

Clandestine

<klahn-des-tin>

covert; hidden; stealthy;

something secretly done without others knowing.

She went on a clandestine trip to the store for chocolate. She was back before we knew she left.

Remember:
clandestine reminds of candle.
we do secret things in the dark.

At work:
The development of the new product is clandestine. No one is allowed to see the plans.

(c) 2015 E. Carruthers

Inveterate

Inveterate

<in-vet-er-rit>

addicted; lifelong; habitual

having a habit for a long time.

He is an inveterate runner. He will run every morning without fail.

Memory trick:
inveterate - vet.
A vet did something for a long time.

At work:
She is a good salesperson because she is an inveterate traveler.

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Acquiesce

Acquiesce

<ah-qwe-ess>

give in; comply; conform;

to reluctantly agree to something.

The barking dog made the man acquiesce and let the dog in the warm house.

Memory trick:
acquiesce reminds of acquire.
we agree to let them acquire something.

At work:
Our product is good and the customers will always acquiesce and buy it.

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Connote

Connote

<ka-noat>

signify; imply; suggest;

to hint at something or make you think of something.

The scent of pie will connote a good memory because it will remind me of home.

Remember:
con reminds of with.
note reminds of note.
with notes we remember.

At work:
A clean desk will connote a sense of order and your work will improve.

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Bellicose

Bellicose

<bel-lah-kose>

hostile; combative; threatening;

being quick to show a desire to fight.

The bellicose bird swooped down on everyone. She was defending her nest.

Remember:
bellicose reminds of "belly close".
Bellies come close when people want to fight.

At work:
The customer was upset and bellicose. He became happy because it was under warranty.

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Leonine

Leonine

<lee-ah-nine>

famed; outstanding; esteemed;

someone who is powerful and fierce.

He reminded me of someone leonine. He displayed confidence and courage.

Remember:
leonine reminds of lion.
lions are brave.

At work:
He stood before the shareholders leonine and steadfast. He won them over with his display of leadership.

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Actuate

Actuate

<akt-chu-ate>

motivate; activate; instigate;

to cause something to move to action.

Throw a stick to actuate a dog. He will chase it every time.

Remember:
actuate reminds of act.

At work:
I see your problem. You must plug your computer to actuate it. Glad I could help.

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Ingenuous

Ingenuous

<in-gen-yew-iss>

trusting; naïve; innocent;

a person who has a childlike innocence.

I have to watch out for her. She is ingenuous and once bought the Brooklyn bridge.

Remember:
ingenuous reminds of generous.
generous with our trust.

At work.
We're not an ingenuous company. We make good deals and we are experienced.

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Betide

Betide

<beh-tied>

become; occur; befall;

something that happens.

May happiness betide you wherever you go.

Remember:
The tide comes in and happens to us.

At work:
A gloom did betide us until we heard our stock price went up.

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Becalm

Becalm

<be-kahm>

lull; still; unmoving;

motionless because of a lack of external power.

The leaves slept in an snug pile because of the quiet becalm. There was no wind.

Remember:
becalm reminds of "be calm"

At work:
The audience stayed becalm because the presentation was so impressive

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Defray

Defray

<deh-fray>

settle; compensate; grant;

to pay something or cover a cost.

This coupon will defray the price of your ticket. You will get in for free.

Memory trick:
fray reminds on something falling apart.
if we defray something... we put it back together.

At work:
We will defray the cost of training for you. It will cost you nothing.

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Bloviate

Bloviate

<blow-vee-ate>

rant; babble; boast;

to speak pompously without saying anything important.

He will bloviate all day. He will waste your time with useless chatter.

Memory trick:
bloviate reminds of blow.
we blow hard when we talk too much.

At work:
Don't bloviate when you give your speech. Speak clearly and say something of value.

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Puckish

Puckish

<puk-ish>

mischievous; impish; naughty;

playful in a teasing way.

The puckish look on his face made me realize I fell for his prank.

Memory trick:
we play games with a puck.

At work:
We have to stop the puckish antics and focus on the project. We must get serious.

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Panoply

Panoply

<pan-ah-plee>

array; display; collection;

An impressive show of spectacular items.

The audience was impressed by the panoply of costumes. They were colorful and amazing.

Memory trick:
panoply reminds of pan
we pan around a room and see everything.

At work:
We offer a panoply of products. We will have what you need.

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Apogee

Apogee

<ah-pah-jee>

peak; crest; summit;

The highest point of something.

The dog rescue was the apogee of the movie. It was the best part.

Memory trick:
A POint we say GEE

At work:
Winning this award is the apogee of my career. Nothing has been more rewarding.

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Mobocracy

Mobocracy

<mob-bok-kras-see>

anarchy; disorder; lawlessness;

having the common people in charge of the political system.

A mobocracy ruled the island. Everyone wore a crown and gave orders.

Remember:
Mobocracy reminds of mob and democracy.

At work:
The department is run by a mobocracy. No one knows who is in charge.

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Piteous

Piteous

<pit-tee-us>

miserable; sad; pathetic;

evoking a feeling of pity.

A piteous look came over his face after his balloon flew away.

Memory trick:
piteous sounds like pity us.

At work:
The piteous mood left the room when we found out about the bonus.

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Altercate

Alternate
<allt-ter-kayte>

dispute; quarrel; contend;

to argue loudly in public.

He did not want to altercate with his friend. It was easier to agree.

Memory trick:
we want to alter their opinion

At work:
We will get more done if we don't altercate. Let's have a friendly meeting.

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Concord

Concord

<kon-kord>

harmony; friendship; peace;

having an amicable agreement.

We reached a pleasant concord and stayed friends forever.

Remember:
concord reminds of
in accord

At work:
A concord existed between the two teams and the product came out great.

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Efface

Efface

<eh-fase>

erase; remove; delete;

to eliminate marks or writing from a surface.

A good eraser will efface your pencil marks and you can rewrite it.

Memory trick:
efface reminds of erase

At work:
At this point the program will efface the report and a new report will appear.

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Kismet

Kismet

<kiz-met>

destiny; luck; chance;

something fated to happen.

It was kismet we met because we got married.

Memory trick:
kiss when we met

At work:
It was not kismet we won the award. It was hard work and skill.

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Purloin

Purloin

<per-loyn>

steal; loot; rob;

to take something that does not belong to you.

The seagull will purloin your fries if you don't watch him.

Memory trick:
purloin reminds of purr lion
The lion purrs after he takes your stuff.

At work:
They can't purloin our files because we use strong passwords.

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Ardor

Ardor

<are-door>

enthusiasm; warmth; zeal;

having a strong passion for someone.

The ardor of the birds is apparent. They are always seen together.

Memory trick:
Our door
The person we like comes to our door.

At work:
He has an ardor for making sales. He is our best performer.

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Proffer

Proffer

<prah-fur>

offer; propose; give;

to present something for consideration.

She will proffer her opinion without being asked.

Remember:
proffer reminds of offer

At work:
It's a generous monetary proffer. We should accept the deal.

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Amity

Amity

<ahm-mit-tee>

friendship; harmony; goodwill;

a good and peaceful relationship.

It was a great vacation because of the amity of the people.

Memory trick:
amity reminds of amicable.

At work:
We're a good team and the amity of the group makes the work fun.


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Indolent

Indolent

<in-da-lent>

lazy; idle; slow;

avoiding activity or work.

We will spend the weekend being indolent. We'll do nothing at all.

Memory trick:
indolent reminds of dole.
dole is getting free benefits when not working.

At work:
The hot temperature is making everyone indolent. We need the air conditioner fixed so we can get back to work.

Other stuff:
ARM - Adjustable Rate Mortgage
Means: You pay a small payment at first but then the payment is greatly raised later.
So: It's not a good deal and it's best avoided.

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Beset

Beset

<beh-set>

invade; assail; overrun;

to surround and constantly hem in.

Our picnic was beset by ants and we had to leave.

Memory trick
be set upon.

At work:
We were beset by people demanding a demo of our product. It was a good problem to have.

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Befog

Befog

<bee-fahg>

dim; muddy; obscure;

something confusing or unclear.

Math would always befog me. I found a tutor and now I understand it.

Memory trick:
fog is hard to see into.

At work:
Make the instructions clear and simple. We don't want to befog the users.

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Teem

Teem

<team>

swell; overflow; brimming;

to be full or filled to the maximum.

Our glasses will teem with lemonade and we will drink all day.

Memory trick:
enough for a team.

At work:
Our ads teem with photos so customers can see from all angles.

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Repartee

Repartee

<rep-pah-tee>

retort; sarcasm; banter;

giving quick witty replies.

The actors repartee made the movie entertaining. Their comebacks were fast and funny.

Memory trick:
repartee reminds of repeat parts.

At work:
We had a great repartee with the clients. We really enjoyed their clever wit.

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Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude

<ver-rah-sah-mil-lit-tood>

plausibility; realism; authenticity;

something appearing to be real.

My dream was a colorful verisimilitude. I could smell the flowers.

Memory trick:
verisimilitude reminds of verify

At work:
The demonstration was a perfect verisimilitude. The client imagined the real thing and closed the deal.

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Modish

Modish

trendy; fashionable; chic;

something current with the style of the time.

She wore a modish dress. All the young girls wore them.

Memory trick:
modish reminds of modern

At work:
We need our packaging to be more modish to appeal to more people.

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Languid

Languid

<lang-gwid>

lazy; sluggish; relaxed;

being unhurried and leisurely.

We took a languid walk down the shady lane. We took our time.

Memory trick:
languid reminds of lounge

At work:
We felt a languid calm when the deadline was met.

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Paucity

Paucity

<pah-sit-tee>

insufficiency; poverty; scarcity;

something in too small an amount.

I never have a paucity of money because I work hard.

Memory trick:
paucity reminds of pauper or poor

At work:
We don't have a paucity of computers because the company believes in technology.

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Nullify

Nullify

<nole-la-feye>

Void; undo; invalidate;

to cancel something or make it worthless.

I will nullify the bill and you won't have to pay anything.

Memory trick:
Nullify reminds of null or nothing.

At work:
Making deadlines ensures they won't nullify the contract.

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Sumptuous

Sumptuous

deluxe; elegant; grand;

<somp-chew-is>

something rich and splendid.

This cake is sumptuous. I will have another piece.

Memory trick:
sumptuous reminds of sum
It is worth a large sum

At work:
The hotel was sumptuous and the clients were impressed.

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Parlance

Parlance

<par-lants>

talk; speech; lingo;

a way of speaking among people with the same interests.

The kids spoke in a parlance foreign to their parents.

Memory trick:
parlance reminds of freelance
a language understood only by freelancers

At work:
The computer programmers talked in a parlance we did not understand.

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Pristine

Pristine

<priss-teen>

new; untouched; unused;

something in its original state.

The paper was pristine because she could not think of a thing to write.

Memory trick:
pristine reminds of pri or prior

At work:
I undid the changes and the program is pristine again. We can add the changes again until we find the problem.

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Proscribe

Proscribe

<pro-skrybe>

forbid; outlaw; prohibit;

to make a law banning something.

We proscribe the throwing of food in this cafe. Please be polite.

Memory trick:
proscribe reminds of prohibit scribe
scribe reminds of- to write a law
we write a law to prohibit something

At work:
We proscribe the excessive use of exclamation points in our advertisements. Three is too many!!!

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Torpor

Torpor

<tore-per>

laziness; inactivity; idleness;

a lack of movement caused by weariness or fatigue.

I feel into a dreamy torpor after drinking the warm milk.

Memory trick:
torpor reminds of tour poor
we tour poorly when tired

At work:
We fell into a torpor after a big lunch. We all ran to the coffee machine.

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Vie

Vie

<veye>

content; fight; compete;

to struggle against an opponent to win a victory.

They vie for the attention of the teacher because they are competitive.

Memory trick:
Vi reminds of victory

At work:
We vie with the other company for every contract and we usually win.

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Transfigure

Transfigure

<tranz-fig-yer>

remodel; reorganize; alter;

to change something and make it more beautiful.

The flowers transfigured the lawn into a rainbow of colors.

Memory trick:
transfigure reminds of transfer figure
you transfer the figure into something pretty

At work:
The new pictures will transfigure the presentation into a work of art.

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Spurious

Spurious

<spur-ree-us>

phony; fake; false;

something not authentic or not genuine.

Your diamond ring is not spurious. It is worth a fortune.

Memory trick:
it spurs your anger when you learn it is fake

At work:
Their claims were proven spurious and we won the lawsuit.

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Rapt

Rapt

<wrapped>

enchanted; spellbound; captivated;

being fascinated in a hypnotic way.

His eyes grew large and his jaw dropped. He watch the movie with rapt attention.

Memory trick:
rapt reminds of rapture

At work:
All heads turned and the room fell silent. They sat in rapt admiration as the president spoke.

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Rankle

Rankle

<ranc-kul>

annoy;  bother;  anger

to irritate someone.

We are going to rankle the guests by serving dinner late.

Memory trick:
rankle reminds of rank
something rank smells bad and annoys us

At work:
We have to get the bugs out of the program or we will rankle our users.

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Ungainly

Ungainly

<uhn-gane-lee>

uncoordinated; clumsy; awkward;

moving in an ungraceful way.

The turtle was ungainly and I easily outran it.

Memory trick:
ungainly reminds of un gain
something clumsy does not gain

At work:
Your presentation is ungainly because of all the extra exclamation points.

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Puerile

Puerile

<pur-ree-ill>

immature; trivial; foolish;

being childish and having bad judgment.

The puerile student frustrated the teacher and distracted the class.

Memory trick:
puerile reminds of pure rile
we are riled when someone acts silly

At work:
We need to be less puerile and get serious about this project.

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Rancor

Rancor

<rank-ker>

hate; spite; grudge;

having a long-lasting bitterness for someone.

His rancor became friendship after he got to know her.

Memory trick:
rancor reminds of ran
we ran because we did not like them

At work:
I can work with him. I feel no rancor because I understand why he did those bad things

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Protract

Protract

<pro-trakt>

too long; prolong; lingering;

something that continues on for a long time beyond the normal length.

He did not protract the song. Everyone was relieved.

Memory trick:
protract reminds of prolong

At work:
Don't protract the sales pitch. Stop talking when they agree to buy.

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Homage

Homage

<ah-midge>

respect; honor; acclaim;

to praise someone in public with admiration.

We gave him a great homage with cheers.

Memory trick:
homage reminds of home

At work:
We would like to pay you homage for a great job.

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Prolix

Prolix

<proh-liks>

tedious; lengthy; rambling;

saying or writing something with too many words.

I find his writing to be prolix and boring.

Memory trick:
prolix reminds of prose and licks
saying too much prose makes us lick our dry lips

At work:
Your presentation is too prolix. Redo it with less words.

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Afoot

Afoot

<ah-foot>

going on; brewing; in progress;

something happening now.

Come Watson! The game is afoot and there is no time to waste.

Memory trick:
foot reminds of moving
it is moving now

At work:
The secret meeting is afoot. We need to interrupt it and stop the vote.

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