2 English Words of the Day (you might be using incorrectly)
After a visit to the bookstore or library, you might tell someone that you “perused the selection.” Same goes for a menu, newspaper, contract — you name it.
Most of us use this word to describe skimming, scanning, or browsing casually. The OED has news for you: "Peruse" means to “read something, typically in a thorough or careful way” or to “examine carefully or at length.” If you pick up a book and glance at the description, that’s a skim. If you pick it up, read the blurbs, the author’s name, the description, and take in the cover image, congrats — you can now say you’ve perused!
Did you know there’s more than one type of fame? Many people believe that “infamous” means you’re incredibly famous. The word actually means being famous — for the wrong reasons. That’s why you’ll often hear "infamous" tagged onto names of notorious criminals or villains. Celebrities can indeed also be infamous, but the label should only be applied once they’ve had a big scandal break out that dims their star wattage.
”Do you remember the lead actor of the drama, Rooftop Prince, the infamous Park Yoo-chun?”
I am not sharing an English Word of the Day. It’s about English lessons though.
A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class.
“In English,” he said, “a double negative form a positive. In some languages, though, such as Korean, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”
"Unni whipped up a tasty dinner with just a few habile steps."
In Latin, "habilis" means something is easily handled. The French word "habile" means skillful, and we kept that definition in Middle English as well. Able is the more common word today, but habile remains a particularly skillful word.
Did you Know?
In today's parlance, you're more likely to use the word able rather than habile. The pronunciations are somewhat similar, and the meanings are close. Able implies you have at least the basic ability to do something. But to be habile is to be quite talented.
My spellchecker constantly changes my words, even when I've spelled them correctly! It's SO annoying.
I always make sure to type capital J before writing the name Jill. If not, what’s the odds the spellchecker will change my post such as “I’d like to send this message to Jill” into “I’d like to send this message to kill.”
It's baking time! When it comes to chocolate treats, and you might love them even more when you find out how easy they are to make. Melt some bittersweet chocolate and mix it with a dab of vegetable shortening. Then spoon coin-sized circles of chocolate onto a baking sheet. Top with sprinkles, then cool until hard. Now you have your very own stash of (English Word of the Day):
You betcha! New supplies come into Keith's luxury store weekly, and he often brings me home some as a treat. When they come in that way, fresh, instead of boxed, sitting in regular stores, they taste even more phenomenal.
"If you're really in love, appearances aren't important. The best house is the one you build in each other's hearts." ~ Winter Sonata