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Chaos, total and utter craziness   pandemonium   Pandemonium is chaos, total and utter craziness — like the stampede after your team won the championship, when everyone spilled onto the field at once, bouncing off each other.   If you look carefully at the word pandemonium, you’ll see the word demoninside it. This makes sense, since the word pandemonium was…

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Teasing and bantering   josh   When you josh, you joke around, teasing and bantering. You probably josh your brother about the weird things he says when he talks in his sleep.   Most people laugh when someone joshes with them, although others take offense or don’t realize that you’re only joking. Your favorite uncle might josh around…

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Adding information that supports what’s already been said…   moreover   Use the adverb moreover to add information that supports what’s already been said. You have to go shopping on Saturday to buy new tube socks, and moreover, you need to get a birthday present for your mom.   Breaking moreover into more and over helps you remember what it means: more…

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 It’s a phony… factitious   If you create a “diamond” out of plastic, then you’ve created a factitious diamond, meaning that it’s a phony.   Factitious, pronounced “fac-TISH-us,” means “fake,” like a factitious compliment you give the person who cooked you an awful meal — you don’t mean it, but you say it anyway, just to be…

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 Both a noun and a verb about talking.   banter   Good friends usually banter back and forth easily, like they’re trying to keep a step ahead of each other in witty responses. This type of banter is their special language of friendship.   Banter is both a noun and a verb about talking. It comes from unknown origins, but…

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Describing things that have happened up to the present moment…. heretofore   When someone says heretofore, they’re describing things that have happened up to the present moment. This formal word means “thus far” and often appears in legal or other official documents.   This is an old-fashioned word, but it refers to something timeless — events…

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A synonym for garbage or trash. rubbish   Rubbish is a synonym for garbage or trash. The word is more commonly used by speakers of British English than by speakers of American English.   The noun rubbish also means writing or speech that is worthless, untrue, or nonsense, especially in British English. Your teacher might tell you that…