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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 CollinsDictionary.com: — 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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ambient — the surrounding atmosphere

Julyy 1, 2019 ___ Ambient represents a pervading aspect of surroundings, that tends to set the mood. Pronounced [AM-bee-uhnt], this word is related to the noun “ambience” — that is also spelled “ambiance.” Yet “ambient” is an adjective. It is a describer behind what makes the “ambience.” Definitions of “Ambient” — via YourDictionary.com: a consistent surrounding of something. — via Webster’s New World Dictionary: surrounding; …

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