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 When things are going well…   copacetic   When something’s copacetic, it’s fine. If you tell a classroom full of kids that they’ll be spending the day at the beach instead of going to math class, they’ll probably be copacetic with the idea.   When things are going well, they’re copacetic. The adjective copacetic can describe the general mood of…

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Demanding strict attention to rules and procedures…   That teacher’s demands are stringent — she wants the homework typed in her favorite font, on special paper, and each essay must be exactly 45 lines!   While the word stringent might seem foreign, if you’re afflicted with pimples, you’ll know the word astringent. An astringent causes your skin to tighten like…

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To beat someone in a game or competition…     thrash   When you thrash someone, you beat them — literally, with your fists, or figuratively, by winning a game or competition.   You can describe your game plan for a chess match this way: “I plan to thrash that show-off in just ten moves.” You can also threaten…

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To run around and have fun… frolic   A frolic is a light-hearted, fun, often silly activity. To frolic is to cavort, romp, or run around — to have fun.   Ever see two puppies playing in the park, wrestling, chasing, and just having a ball with each other? You could say they’re having a frolic or frolicking. When…

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Something that piques your interest… piquant   Feeling a little saucy? Perhaps a bit provocative — but in a good way? Then it’s safe to say your personality is a little piquant.   Coming to us from the French word piquer, which means “to prick,” something that’s piquant certainly piques your interest. Someone who’s piquant engages you…

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Pretending to be shy in a playful manner…   coy   Take the adjective coy for a person who pretends to be shy but really isn’t, or someone who could give a definite answer but won’t. Coy behavior can be playful or just plain annoying.   Originally meaning “quiet and shy,” today someone who is coy pretends to be…

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 Lively and spirited… vivacious   A vivacious person is lively and spirited: a vivacious dancer might do a back-flip off the wall and then jump into the arms of her partner.   Some people are just naturally fun to be around; they sparkle, they animate any group they’re part of, they’re full of life. That, in fact,…