Ginglymoid

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Gin’glymoid, a. like a hinge. Word in the Wild: No wonder you can’t get that oyster open—you’re prying at its ginglymoid side! This…

Eclaircize

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Eclair’cize, v. to explain or clear up. Word in the Wild: We won’t be able to get this labour dispute resolved until we…

Compose vs. Comprise

Lexical Vexations Compose v. 1. to make up, to constitute. Comprise v. 1. to include  2.  to compose or constitute. The second definition of comprise…

Matrisate

A Word for Mother’s Day Matrisate v. to imitate a mother. Word in the Wild: Look at the little ones matrisating with their dolls. Aren’t…

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…

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…