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If you’re reading this on a treadmill or while taking a walk, you may know about….   peripatetic   If you’re reading this on a treadmill or while taking a walk, you may know about the peripatetic, or walking, philosopher Aristotle, who taught while strolling with his students. Or, maybe you just like being a peripatetic, a walking wanderer.…

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A word for sights that capture your interest because of their beauty.   fetching   To be fetching is to be attractive and beautiful. A fetching woman catches people’s interest.   When a dog fetches something, he grabs it, just like attractive sights take your interest. Fetching is a word for sights that capture your interest because of their beauty. Usually, this…

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A long word for describing a tiny thing scintilla   It might take more than a scintilla of English vocabulary knowledge to know that scintilla means a tiny bit of something.   It comes sandwiched between the words a and of in phrases like “a scintilla of doubt” or “not a single scintilla of evidence.” If you’re uncertain of the pronunciation, remember: it rhymes with chinchilla and the c is silent,…

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Comes from Old English and is a formal way to say “former.” erstwhile   If your dad used to play in a punk band, but is now a computer programmer, you could call him an erstwhile punk rocker. Erstwhile means “former.”    You can go to your class reunion 20 years after you graduate high school and see your…

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  A person’s actions if they are evil or wicked…. nefarious   Batman and Superman are always fighting evildoers and stopping their nefarious plots.   Nefarious comes from the Latin nefas “crime, impiety.” If something is nefarious, it is criminal, evil, malicious and wicked. Thinking of superheroes can help you remember the meaning of the word, but it is often used…

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Anything that makes you sad, gloomy, or mournful can be called….   lugubrious   Funerals are lugubrious. So are rainy days and Mondays. Lugubrious comes from the Latin verb lūgēre, “to mourn.” You can also listen to the sound of the word: lugubrious sounds slow, heavy, and sad. Sometimes, just the “feel” of a word is enough to clue you…

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The word has a formal sound to it that makes whatever you’re doing sound fancy. expeditiously   If you do something expeditiously, you do it with speed and great efficiency. You might work expeditiously to finish your chores so you can go out with your friends.   The adverb expeditiously can describe something you do quickly and efficiently. You might…