#WordOfTheDay – This is what Senectitude means

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Hey Sparkle Writers, our word for today is pretty simple – ‘Senectitude’.

The word looks really serious but it is not as serious as it looks.

First, it is pronounced this way [si-NEK-ti-tood]. It sure does sound nice, doesn’t it?

It is a noun meaning old age (We told you it was not that serious).

The origin of the word is from the Latin word ‘senectus’ meaning old.

Examples:

Senectitude comes with its own fair share of problems.

It is high time people embraced the reality of senectitude.

 

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#WordOfTheDay – Learn what malign means

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We see that more people are checking out the WordOfTheDay series! Nice.

Our word for today is ‘malign.’ Who has heard it before? It’s a pretty simple word and is pronounced as /muh-lahyn/.

Malign is both a verb and an adjective. As a verb, it means to speak evil of someone or to defame someone while as an adjective, it means having or showing an evil disposition. 

Here are examples of this word in sentences;

It is wrong for that editor to malign an honorable man.

No one would have thought that the president was a part of that malign conspiracy.

Is there a word you want us to talk about? Drop it in the comment section.

 

 

 

 

 

#WordOfTheDay – Learn what Timbuktu means

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Our word for today is a weird word. You might actually be tempted to think that such a word is not in the dictionary but it exists. That’s the beauty of the #WordOfTheDay segment.

The word is “Timbuktu” and it is pronounced as /tim-buk-TOO/

It is a noun that simply means a remote place. However, the name originated from the name of a town in central Mali, West Africa.

Examples:

The restaurant was located in Timbuktu.

She was so exhausted that she parked her car in Timbuktu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#WordOfTheDay – This is what cocksure means

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Hey Sparkle Writers! 
Our word for today is “cocksure.” It is pronounced as /KOK-shoor/.
It is an adjective used to describe someone who is arrogantly or presumptuously overconfident.
The origin of the word is cock (a euphemism for god) + sure, from Old French seur, from Latin securus (secure). Earliest documented use was in 1520. Yeah its that old. 
Examples:
I thought myself cocksure of the horse which he readily promised me. 

I do not like Mr Shawn he seems preety cocksure 

 

#WordOfTheDay – Lagniappe is a such an easy word

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Hello Sparkle Writers, it’s Wednesday! Today’s word is one of the easiest word to pronounce but for some reason it looks really complex especially if you are just hearing it for the first time. See why you need to keep following our word of the day posts? There’s always something new to add to your vocabulary.

Lagniappe is pronounced  /lăn′yəp, lăn-yăp′/.

It means a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase. Broadly, it is something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure.

Let’s look at some examples. 

  • The waiter added a cup of lobster bisque as a lagniappe to the meal.
  • As a loyal customer I requested for a lagniappe when I visited during Christmas.

#WordOfTheDay – You may not know this but Ensconce is a word

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There are some words we see and we are sure we could not have imagined they were real. Ensconce is one of those words. What’s more surprising is its meaning. This is the reason for the #WordOfTheDay segment. To keep improving our vocabulary. 

Ensconce is pronounced /ɪnˈskɒns,ɛnˈskɒns/

It has two widely known meanings. The first is to place or hide securely . It also means to establish or settle firmly in a safe place. 

Here are a few words that could mean the same thing with ensconce. 

Settleinstallestablishparkshutplantlodgepositionseatentrenchshelternestle, curl up, snuggle up; 

Let’s use this word in some examples . 

My grandfather is ensconced in the armchair and waiting for the first grandchild to arrive.

Clara is comfortably ensconced in a beach chair and has no immediate plans to return to work.

Ensconced on the mantle, the kitten refused to jump into my arms.

 

 

#WordOfTheDay – Uberty means…

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It is indeed fascinating how that the deletion of a particular letter from a word can change the entire meaning of the word forever. If you delete the letter ‘p’ from the word ‘puberty,’ you are going to get the word ‘uberty’ which is our word for today. And the meaning of ‘uberty’ is not even remotely related to the word ‘puberty.’

Uberty is a noun pronounced as /ju:b∂ti/. It is used to mean abundance or fruitfulness. It originated from the Latin word uber (rich, fruitful, abundant).

Here is how it is used in a sentence.

“Uberty comes from uncompromising strife or drive to achieve superior outcomes for the relationships.”

 

Word of the Day – Jekyll and Hyde

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Ever heard of the word Jekyll and Hyde? The fascinating thing is that it exists!

The word is pronounced /ʤekl ∂n haid/.

Jekyll and Hyde is a noun. It is used to refer to a person who is sometimes very pleasant (Jekyll) and sometimes very unpleasant (Hyde) or who leads two very separate lives.

This unusual word has an origin. It found its way into the dictionary from the story by Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in which Dr Jekyll takes a drug which separates the good and bad sides of his personality into two characters. All the negative characters go to Mr Hyde.

Here is how the word is used in a sentence;

Jack is a difficult person to live with because of his Jekyll and Hyde attitude.

I couldn’t explain her sudden Jekyll and Hide personality, either.

 

 

 

 

#WordOfTheDay – Don’t know what ‘splenetic’ means? Read this

It is time to learn a new word Sparkle Writers! Let’s get to it. 

Splenetic, pronounced /splɪˈnɛtɪk/, means to be marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite. In previous times it was a word used to describe melancholics. 

Look at a few words that have the same meaning with splenetic; bad-temperedill-temperedangrywrathfulcrosspeevishpetulantpettishirritableirasciblecantankeouscholericdyspeptictestytetchy. 

We’d use this word in a few sentences and wait to read yours in the comments box. 

These are our own examples.

I emailed the article to Glory, warning her to avoid the splenetic comments at the bottom of the page.

Matthew was splenetic after his wife left him for another man.

See you next week when we bring another word!

 

 

#WordOfTheDay – Find out what inveterate means

 

We love it when we have the opportunity to learn new words. It is even better when we get to share those words with you! It’s time for our #WordOfTheDay on The Sparkle Writer’s Hub.

Today’s word is ‘inveterate’. Inveterate is an adjective that is pronounced /ɪnˈvɛt(ə)rət/. Ever heard of this word? 

It means to have a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change. 

Look at these examples:

Politicians are inveterate liars.

I am an inveterate writer, what about you?

Find ways to use this word in a sentence this week. See you next week when we will have a new word for you.