Category: vocabulary

English: what does refactor mean?

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions refactor. refactor: to alter a program’s presentation to make it more human-consumable without changing its function. Source: yourdictionary.com

English: recalcitrant

Self-tutoring about vocabulary: the tutor mentions recalcitrant. recalcitrant (adj): defiant of authority or duty. Hilariously, as a kid, I was called recalcitrant by someone who truly was. Perhaps it “takes one to know one:)” I hear recalcitrant rarely nowadays. Source:

Vocabulary: surveil

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor “unveils” a word that’s indeed real: surveil. surveil: verb form of noun surveillance. To surveil is to carry out surveillance. Source: merriam-webster.com

English: scofflaw

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions a word he’s never known. scofflaw: a habitual, unrepentant law breaker. Source: Mish, Frederick C. Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004. Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University

English: vocabulary: “self-effacing”

Tutoring English, new words are new discoveries. The tutor mentions one. I don’t know if I recall hearing “self-effacing.” However, I encountered it today. It means “tending to avoid attention.” Source: Mish, Frederick C. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004.

English: non-words: “irrecognizable”

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor relates a story. For years I’ve used “irrecognizable.” I guess I just didn’t type it. When I did yesterday, the spell-checker complained. (I think the spell checker and I have been ready to divorce numerous

English: what is a “missive?”

Tutoring English, vocabulary is always interesting. The tutor mentions “missive”. A missive is a written message: a letter. It may be more formal than casual, perhaps urgent rather than entertaining. Source: Barber, Katherine et at. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current

English: morass

Tutoring English, words can return. The tutor recalls the word morass. morass: an impairment to motion or mental clarity, akin to a swamp one would try to traverse. I first heard morass decades ago, and hear it rarely now. Source:

English: spurn: the physical verb

Tutoring English, vocabulary can surprise. The tutor mentions an aspect of the verb spurn. I’m familiar that spurn means reject, but it can be a less emotional term. Spurn can also mean to kick aside or step over while walking.

English: ideologue

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor mentions the word ideologue. An ideologue is someone who lives their code of beliefs. It’s the first ‘o’ I find interesting here: ideologue, yet idealist. Source: Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current

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