Love for Words

Jacquée T.’s signature ‘Love for Words’ glossary

Love for Words — revel

September 1st, 2019 ___ To revel is to take great pleasure in something — either personally, or loudly with a crowd. Pronounced [REV-uhl], this word derives from the Old French reveler meaning “be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous.” The meaning eventually evolved to also mean”take great pleasure in.” Definition via 1. To take great pleasure or delight …

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Malapropism — the wrong word

August 1st, 2019 ___ A Malapropism, pronounced [mah-luh-PRAH-pih-zum], is the misuse of a word, especially by instead using a word that sounds similar. “Malapropism” derives from a character named ‘Mrs. Malaprop’ in Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 1775 play The Rivals. When she speaks, Mrs. Malaprop frequently misapplies words for the meanings she intends. For example, she says, …

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usurp — to take over

July 15th  2019 ___ To usurp is to take over without due process. Pronounced [yoo-SURP] or [yoo-ZURP], one who usurps does so without right or permission, sometimes by force. Definition via — to seize, take over, or appropriate (land, a throne, etc) without authority A usurp may seem abrupt. A usurper may be a person, or an entity. Usage examples ● …

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