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ubiquitous   It’s everywhere! It’s everywhere! When something seems like it’s present in all places at the same time, reach for the adjective ubiquitous.   “Cities like Singapore aim to cloak themselves in ubiquitous, free Wi-Fi in the next few years,” The Wall Street Journal reported recently — meaning that those savvy Singaporeans will find a…

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inconceivable   If something is inconceivable, it doesn’t seem possible, it’s hard to imagine, or it can’t be true. It might seem inconceivable that a society would choose to pay bankers more than teachers, but it’s true.   When an idea or event is inconceivable, it’s so outlandish, amazing, or horrible that it’s hard to believe. The horrible…

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brouhaha   Brouhaha is something that people think is really important that’s actually not important at all, like the brouhaha over some new celebrity gossip. Brouhaha seems like a big deal, but it’s a bunch of baloney.   Brouhaha has two meanings, and tons of funny-sounding synonyms. The title of the Shakespeare play gives one meaning: “Much Ado about Nothing.” The…

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sage   Use the word sage for someone or something wise and judicious. Thanks to the sage advice of your friend, you didn’t write your teacher an angry e-mail!   Although you might think of a wizard when you hear the word sage, really it means a wise man. Today you see it used to refer to someone who has…

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