Category: vocabulary

Vocabulary: irrupt

Tutoring English, new words – especially short ones – are always interesting. The tutor mentions irrupt. irrupt (verb): to suddenly arrive, or else increase. A population can irrupt, for instance. Source: Mish, Frederick C (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster,

English: initiate, the noun

Tutoring English, unfamiliar words can surface – or less familiar uses of common ones. initiate (noun): someone accepted into a group, perhaps in a ceremonial manner. Source: Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford

English: “Minder”

Self-tutoring about English: the tutor reminisces, mentioning the term “minder”. When I was a kid, I used to watch a British TV show called Minder. I’d say it wasn’t a comedy, yet was very funny. It was about a small-time

English: liminal

Tutoring English, vocabulary evolves. The tutor mentions liminal. liminal (adj): occurring at a boundary, possibly straddling it. Source: dictionary.cambridge.org

English: what is a saltbox house?

Tutoring English, new vocabulary continually surfaces. The tutor mentions saltbox. saltbox: a house two storeys in front, but one in back. In pioneer times, the rear, one-storey section could be an add-on that developed from extending the roof back and

English: exurb

Tutoring English, discoveries continue. The tutor mentions exurb. exurb: a town outside a larger city, located past its suburbs. Source: Barber, Katherine et al. Oxford Canadian Dictionary of Current English. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2005.

English: soundscape

Tutoring English, discoveries continue. The tutor mentions soundscape. In yesterday’s post I mention how a varied thrush’s song dominated the soundscape. At the time of writing, I was seeking a word and tried soundscape, unaware it actually is a word.

English: what does emolument mean?

Self-tutoring about news: the tutor mentions the definition of emolument. emolument:payment or gift, often due to position. It can be salary or other benefit. Source: merriam-webster.com

English: moot, the verb

Tutoring English, words can surprise. The tutor mentions the verb moot. moot (verb): to propose for discussion, or to actively discuss from different points of view. Source: Mish, Frederick C. (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004. Gilmour, Lorna (editor).

English: what does forsooth mean?

Tutoring English, you occasionally see words from older times. The tutor mentions forsooth. forsooth (adv): truly. Source: Mish, Frederick C. (editor). The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Springfield: Merriam-Webster, 2004. Gilmour, Lorna (editor). Collins Essential Canadian English Dictionary and Thesaurus. Glasgow: HarperCollins, 2006.

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