#WordOfTheDay – Learn what Quaggy means

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Hello Sparkle Writers, we hope you’ve been using the new words on this section of the blog? Today’s word is “Quaggy” pronounced / KWAG-ee/.

Can you guess what it means?

It is an adjective that describes the nature of something. It could mean marshy, flabby or spongy.

The word originated from the word “quag” (marsh) which has an unknown origin.

Look at these examples:

Ariana playfully poked at her grandfather’s quaggy belly.

The soil in our garden has a quaggy feeling when touched.

We would love to see your own sentences using this word. Drop them in the comment box!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#WordOfTheDay – Egregious is a word you should learn

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Hello Sparkle Writers our word for today is ……egregious.”

We thought to bring this word to your notice today. So, the next time you write, you can find a new way of expressing old concepts or meaning.

“Egregious,” is pronounced as / i-GREE-juhs/.

It is an adjective used to mean, “Remarkable in a bad way; Exceptional, conspicuous, outstanding, most usually in a negative fashion; outrageously bad or shocking.”

The word actually has an origin. It is from Latin egregius (outstanding). Earlier, something egregious was one that stood out because it was remarkably good. However, over time, the word evolved and today it refers to something offensive

For example,

The boy’s narrative was marred by a number of egregious spellings.

 

 

 

 

 

#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 – Edenic means

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Hello Sparkle Writers, ready for today’s word? Today’s word is ‘edenic.’ Ever heard the word before? Now, you have.

It is pronounced as /edInIk/.

The word is an adjective meaning; like a paradise, filled with happiness, beauty, innocence etc.

The origin of this word can be traced to the Hebrew word “Eden” meaning delight. Eden is the garden where the biblical characters Adam and Eve lived.

Look at these examples;

I plan to make my home edenic

“Though mariners had always avoided the uninhabited ‘Isle of Devils’, the shipwrecked colonists found it Edenic, teeming with natural resources and a temperate climate.” I Gail Westerfield; Bermuda and the Birth of a Nation; The Royal Gazette (Bermuda); May 30, 2008. 

#WordOfTheDay – We’ll tell you what descry means

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Hey Sparkle Writers! If you’ve learnt a new word via our word of the day post please let us know in the comment section. We want to know how well this segment is doing. 

Today’s word is Descry and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with tears.

Descry means to catch sight of, to find out or to discover. Who would have thought? 

Here’s the word in a few sentences;

After conducting experiments for several years, the scientist was able to descry the cause of the disease.

As a jeweler, he was able to easily descry the true value of the large diamond.

Because I wanted to descry my favorite actor at the movie premiere, I stood outside in the rain for six hours.

#WordOfTheDay – What does convoluted mean?

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Contrary to popular opinion, convoluted is not the past tense of a word. Convoluted is a word that means extremely complex and difficult to follow. This is usually used to describe an argument, a story or sentence. 

Here’s convoluted in a few sentences.

In hopes of confusing the jury, the lawyer made a convoluted argument which only a few people could understand.

Because the medical procedure is a convoluted process, it takes a very long time to complete.

There are a good variety of synonyms you can use as a substitute for this word, depending on what you’re describing or what you feel most comfortable using.  We’d highlight two of them.

Complicated 

Something having many different parts to understand

  • When learning something new, it can always seem complicated in the beginning.

Elaborate

Something that has a very complex design, or having many details to understand

  • The music the pianist composed, was simple, yet powerful and elaborate.

#WordOfTheDay – Do you know what tepid means?

 

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Today’s word could mean two different things and we will tell you what those two things are. 

Tepid is an adjective that could mean showing little enthusiasm or characterized by a lack of force. It could also mean moderately warm.

Here are a few examples of sentences with this word;

Don’t drink the tea any more; it’s tepid. 

I soaked my cloth in tepid water.

He didn’t like the applause it was tepid. 

Here are a few words that mean the same with tepid .

Lukewarm, warmish, slightly warm,  unenthusiasticapathetichalf-heartedindifferentcoollukewarmuninterestedunconcernedoffhandperfunctorydesultorylimp. 

#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 – Vituperate explained

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Hey Sparkle Writers, it’s time to learn a new word and that word is ‘Vituperate’.

There are two main definitions for this word. 

  1. To criticize or censure severely or abusively.
  2. To use harsh condemnatory language.

The word is pronounced /vɪˈtjuːpəreɪt/ and is quite old. 

Here are a few words that mean the same thing with vituperate;

Against, attack, upbraid, berate, harangue, lambaste, reprimand, castigate, chastise, rebuke, scold, chide, censure, condemn, damn, denounce, find fault with, run down, take to, task, vilify, denigrate, calumniate, insult, abuse, curse, slander, smear.

Now let’s form a few sentences from this word. We expect that you’d do the same. 

To vituperate someone is almost as bad as assaulting them physically.

Because the coach continued to vituperate his team with abusive talk, he was given a warning by the college dean.

It is not illegal to vituperate someone, but speaking to a person in such an insulting way is frowned upon

#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.