Loath vs. Loathe

Lexical Vexations Loath adj. disinclined; not willing to take an action. Loathe v. to violently dislike; to hate. Words in the Wild: Though he loathed…

Carny

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Car’ny, v. to throw in hypocritical terms. The OED further explains that to carny means to “act in a wheedling or coaxing manner,”…

Adverse vs. Averse

Lexical Vexations adverse adj. 1. antagonistic or actively hostile 2. unfavourable or detrimental. averse adj. 1. opposed to or disinclined 2. feeling of repugnance. Words…

Coronate

Questions Answered Thanks, Cheryl, for submitting the Word Blog’s first question: “I recently have heard news stories and such that refer to coronate as in…

Battology

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Battol’ogy, n. useless repetition in language. Word in the Wild: His writing suffers from ornate description and battology, but hidden beneath all that…

Altiloquence

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Altil’oquence, n. pompous language. Word in the Wild: Once I’ve read a few more Vest-Pocket Vocabulary entries, I’ll be able to speak with…

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