Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The eNotes Blog Thats an Egrig Egregou Egregious Error Most Commonly Misspelled and Looked-upWords
Thats an Egrig Egregou Egregious Error Most Commonly Misspelled and Looked-upWords When I worked in a bookstore in my early twenties (my mother said it was the equivalent of putting an alcoholic behind a bar), this book was one we stocked. Ã I worked in the tiny store inside an elite hotel alone and Nurnbergs book was one I frequently thumbed through in between waiting on doctors wives looking for the latest bodice-ripper (true story). No matter how well-educated one is, there are always a few words that, for some reason, just dont stick. You are not alone. Ã According to the website Grammar.net, the following are the fifteen most frequently looked up words (at least on their site): 1.Ã anomalyÃ Ã¢â¬â an irregularity; an abnormality Example: If I get struck by lightning, IÃ¢â¬â¢ll be a statistical anomaly! 2.Ã etherealÃ Ã¢â¬â something lacking physical substance; light and intangible Example: This ambient music is so gentle, so ethereal! 3.Ã loquaciousÃ Ã¢â¬â talkative Example: For someone with such limited vocabulary, youÃ¢â¬â¢d think sheÃ¢â¬â¢d be less loquacious! 4.Ã empathyÃ Ã¢â¬â an understanding of and identification with the feelings or experience of another Example: I empathize - IÃ¢â¬â¢ve been there! 5.Ã agnosticÃ Ã¢â¬â the position that GodÃ¢â¬â¢s existence cannot be proven or disproved; one who doesnÃ¢â¬â¢t confirm or deny GodÃ¢â¬â¢s existence Example: A: Ã¢â¬Å"Are you religious?Ã¢â¬ B. Ã¢â¬Å"No.Ã¢â¬ A: Ã¢â¬Å"You donÃ¢â¬â¢t believe in God?Ã¢â¬ B: Ã¢â¬Å"I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t say that.Ã¢â¬ A: Ã¢â¬Å"Oh, youÃ¢â¬â¢re agnostic!Ã¢â¬ 6.Ã protocolÃ Ã¢â¬â a system by which a task is completed correctly Example: Is there a protocol for parenting feral children? 7.Ã fascistÃ Ã¢â¬â a person who believes a dictator should be in control of a nationÃ¢â¬â¢s economic and social policies Example: A: Ã¢â¬Å"You shouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be trusted to take care of yourself.Ã¢â¬ B: Ã¢â¬Å"You fascist!Ã¢â¬ 8.Ã sycophantÃ Ã¢â¬â one who prostrates himself before and flatters another as a means to personal gain Example: He thought I would go on a date with him if he told me how undeserving of my company he was - what a sycophant! 9.Ã facetiousÃ Ã¢â¬â a remark or attitude characterized by insincerity and humorousness Example: When he said that nobody likes a liar, I facetiously remarked that the guy who sets liarsÃ¢â¬â¢ pants on fire probably likes them. 10.Ã capriciousÃ Ã¢â¬â acting impulsively Example: HereÃ¢â¬â¢s a hundred bucks, kid; go be capricious! 11.Ã salientÃ Ã¢â¬â highly prominent; impossible to ignore Example: All stuffed up, she sprayed saline solution into her salient schnoz. 12.Ã superfluousÃ Ã¢â¬â excessive; an unnecessary amount Example: I like icing on my cake, but this two-inch layer is a bit superfluous. 13.Ã ambiguousÃ Ã¢â¬â vague; allowing for many interpretations Example: IÃ¢â¬â¢m sorry for the misunderstanding; my explanation was ambiguous. 14.Ã spongiformÃ Ã¢â¬â spongelike; porous and soft Example: What spongiform skin you have! 15.Ã deficitÃ Ã¢â¬â shortfall or insufficiency Example: His stiff personality suffered from a humour deficit I looked over this list and none of these were among the words I have ever had trouble spelling or defining (but I truly find it hard to believe that spongiform is looked up all that often. Spell-check doesnt even recognize it was a word, for cryin out loud). I take umbrage with this list (go ahead look up umbrage, Ill wait. You think I spelled it wrongly,Ã dont you?). Ã So I asked my mostly over-educated friends and universally-known big mouths to confess the words they always have to look up. Here are ten words with which we struggle (keep in mind, Im from Texas) : 1. Ã Ã hemorrhoids Ã Ã a mass of dilated veins in swollen tissue at the margin of the anus or nearby within the rectum Example: Ã Bobby Dons got the hemorrhoids again after sittin on the tractor all day. 2. Ã diarrheaÃ Ã abnormally frequent intestinal evacuations with more or less fluid stools Example: Durn it! The dogs et the bacon grease and now hes got the diarrhea. 3. Ã terrific- Ã exciting or fit to excite fear or awe Example: Ã Terrific. We get toÃ chaperon the high school dance. 4. Ã Ã scissors Ã Ã a cutting instrument having two blades whose cutting edges slide past each other Example: Ã Mom! Get the peanut butter an scissors! Sisters got gum stuck in the cats fur again. 5. Ã jewelry- Ã objects of precious metal often set with gems and worn for personal adornment Example: Ã Have you seen the jewelry Meemaw is makin outta gum wrappers an beer bottle caps? 6. Ã efficacious Ã having the power to produce a desired effect Example: Ã IÃ am pleased to report that the combination of antibiotics, leeches and the Mexican hat dance has proved most efficacious. 7. Ã alcohol Ã Ã ethanol especially when considered as the intoxicating agent in fermented and distilled liquors Example: Somebody go get some alch.. alcho go on a beer run. 8. Ã accommodate Ã to make fit, suitable, orÃ congruous Example: Im sorry sir, but we are unable to accommodate your request for a min-horse in your hotel room. 9. Ã Massachusetts Ã State, northeastern U.S. Area: 8,263 sq mi (21,401 sq km). Pop. (2009 est.): 6,593,587. Capital:Ã Boston. Example: Ã Try and hurt our beloved Boston, Massachusetts and we will SHUT DOWN THE CITY UNTIL WE FIND YOU, PUNKS. 10. Ã rhythm Ã Ã an orderedÃ recurrentÃ alternation of strong and weak elements in the flow of sound Example: Ã You can leave them all behind / To the beat of the rhythm of the night (DeBarge only) .