Can You Use That In A Sentence? Wacky Words Of The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Can you bee-lieve it? Sorry for that offense to both puns and spelling, but the National Spelling Bee was a whole week ago. While I wasn’t a super-speller as a kid, I loved reading and words and was always thrilled to add a fresh $2 word to my vocabulary. The kids in the Scripps National […] … More Can You Use That In A Sentence? Wacky Words Of The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Word of the week: placate

Placate:Verb Origin: Latin IPA Pronunciation: /pləˈkeɪt,ˈplakeɪt,ˈpleɪkeɪt/ Meaning:  make someone less angry or hostile. Sentences: The angry customer was not placated by the clerk’s apology. The administration placated protesters by agreeing to consider their demands. Hazel held up her hand in a placating gesture. they attempted to placate the students with promises. Synonyms:  appease, assuage, conciliate, … More Word of the week: placate

Word of the Week: Obscure

Obscure: Adjective Origin: Latin and Old French: from Old French obscur, from Latin obscurus ‘dark’, from an Indo-European root meaning ‘cover’. IPA Pronunciation: /əbˈskjʊə/ Meaning:  not clearly expressed or easily understood. to make dark, dim, or indistinct. not discovered or known about; uncertain. of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction. Sentences:  his origins and parentage are … More Word of the Week: Obscure

Word of the Week: Ambiguous

Ambiguous: adjective origin: Latin IPA Pronunciation: /amˈbɪɡjʊəs/ Meaning:  open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning. doubtful or uncertain especially from obscurity or indistinctness. Sentences:  We were confused by the ambiguous wording of the message. The election result was ambiguous. Due to the ambiguous nature of the question, it was difficult to choose … More Word of the Week: Ambiguous