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Yell

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Yell, v. to make a hideous screaming noise. Word in the Wild: When Prapti tried using pliers to yank the gum from Jim’s hair, he yelled. Okay, so I’m making a bit of an exception this time in … Continue reading

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Principal vs. Principle

Lexical Vexations This lexical vexation is for Kevin – thanks for all the great Lexical Vexation suggestions, Kevin! principal 1. n . a person responsible for the administration of a school. 2. adj. most important or influential. principle 1. n. … Continue reading

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Wait vs. Weight

Lexical Vexations This lexical vexation is for Colette, who understands the weighty responsibility of using wait and weight correctly. wait 1. v . to remain somewhere in anticipation of an event, to employ (varying degrees of) patience in anticipation of … Continue reading

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Writative

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Writ’ative, a. inclined to write as an author. Word in the Wild: Vicki used pencils to put up her hair so that she could write at any time whatsoever. She wrote while riding the bus, wrote in her … Continue reading

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Viatic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Via’tic, a. relating to travelling. Word in the Wild: She’d always been powerless to resist the lure of the faraway. First it was leaving the neighbourhood on her own, then it was biking to the next town over, … Continue reading

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Ubication

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Ubica’tion, n. relation as to place; whereness Word in the Wild: Ilya often had trouble determining his own ubication, which is why three of his birthday gifts turned out to be compasses. The fourth was a GPS. This … Continue reading

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Threnetic

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Threnet’ic, a. complaining; expressing sorrow. Word in the Wild: Tanis left her office to investigate the threnetic keening coming from the kitchenette. She found Priya desolate—it turned out that her trusty 1987 Nissan had died earlier that morning and … Continue reading

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Role vs. Roll

Lexical Vexations role 1. n . a part one plays in a dramatic production or in relation to other people in a real-life situation. roll 1. v. to move around a central axis. 2. n. a small bun served at … Continue reading

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Salsuginous

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary Salsu’ginous, a. a little saltish. Word in the Wild: I’d really like to recommend that new restaurant on the corner since the owners are so friendly, but everything I’ve eaten there is so salsuginous I just can’t. The … Continue reading

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