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Being jokey and fun jocular   Do you like to make a lot of jokes? Are you often silly? Are you usually happy? If so, then you are a jocular person.   Being jocular has to do with being both jokey and fun. A jocular suggestion is not a serious suggestion — it’s a joke. Some people are more…

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To hug and kiss… canoodle   To canoodle is to embrace and fondle. Romantic couples canoodle.   When people are getting a little physical romantically, they’re canoodling. This somewhat silly-sounding word applies to somewhat innocent physical affection. For some reason, this word is used frequently by celebrity reporters who love to write about who a hunky actor or…

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Something that is rundown, neglected, or in deplorable condition. derelict   If something has been abandoned, you can call it derelict. Even if a person has abandoned his responsibilities, you can say that he is derelict in his duties. But don’t call a lost child derelict — unless, of course, he has neglected his chores.   As an adjective, derelict describes something…

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 An old car that isn’t working very well… jalopy   A jalopy is an old car that isn’t working very well. You’d never call a new, smooth-running car a jalopy.   There are a lot of insulting words in English, mostly for people. This insult is for a car: a jalopy is a rundown, beat-up, falling apart car…

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Devastation or total mayhem…     havoc   Havoc is a noun that means devastation or total mayhem. Havoc often wreaked by hurricanes, angry mobs, plundering Vikings, and wild parties that get out of control.   If we trace havoc way back, we arrive at a crossroads. Some people believe that the word comes from the Old French havot, meaning “plundering,…

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Polite and a little shy… demure   A demure person can be described as polite and a little shy. A demure outfit is a modest one––think high neckline and low hem. To demur is to show reluctance or to hesitate, like not quite getting in the car when someone opens the door, but demure isalways an adjective describing a modest, reserved, or shy…

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A large book tome   A tome is a large book. If you’re pre-med, chances are you’re going to have one heck of a tome for your biology class. Tome is often used to refer to a book that is not only really large but also unusually important.   If you generally carry more than one tome to class, invest in a bag…