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  Someone who’s too concerned with literal accuracy…   pedantic   There’s nothing wrong with focusing on the details, but someone who is pedantic makes a big display of knowing obscure facts and details.   Pedantic means “like a pedant,” someone who’s too concerned with literal accuracy or formality. It’s a negative term that implies someone is showing…

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An assortment of different things…     smorgasbord   A smorgasbord is an assortment of different things — a magazine might feature a smorgasbord of stories on a wide variety of subjects.   Use the noun smorgasbord when you’re talking about a selection of things, like a fabulous breakfast buffet, a long list of college classes you could take, or a…

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A small lockbox meant for keeping valuable items safe…   coffer   A coffer is a small safe or lockbox that’s meant for keeping precious or valuable items safe. Your grandfather might keep his important papers in a coffer in his study.   You can keep your heirlooms, jewels, and savings bonds in a coffer, a safe chest for…

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 If you’re mad but acting happy…. facade   A facade is the front of a building, or a kind of front people put up emotionally. If you’re mad but acting happy, you’re putting up a facade.   This word has to do with the outer layer of something. One sense has to do with the front or outside…

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to warm yourself either literally or figuratively…     bask   To bask in something is to take it in, receive its warmth, or bathe in its goodness. On the first warm day of the spring, you may bask in the sunshine. When you win the Pulitzer, you bask in your own glory.   In Shakespeare’s “As You Like It,” Jaques…

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Dumbfounded or bewildered… flummox   Does the word flummox bewilder, confound, dumbfound and generally mystify you? Well, fear no more, because flummox means all of these things!   Things that flummox you are probably not that serious, and often pretty amusing and informal: a TV remote or a crossword puzzle, for example, rather than something major like why your…

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An old-fashioned way to say, “Over there.”   yonder   Yonder is an old-fashioned way to say, “Over there.” When your sister asks where you parked the car, you might jokingly reply, “Yonder, by the fire hydrant.”   Some dialects in various parts of the United States still use the word yonder, usually to specify something that’s…