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Antonyms

Antonyms are words with the opposite meaning, unlike synonyms which are words that share the same meaning. There are many more words with synonyms than there are words with antonyms. In the English language many words just don’t have an opposite, such as hamburger or tree or dog (and no, the opposite word is not […]

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Homographs – meaning

The word “homograph” comes from a couple of Greek words, namely homos and grapho, literally meaning “same writing”. A homograph is a word which is spelled the same way as another word but may not be pronounced the same way, plus has a different meaning. The difference in pronunciation might be very slight, though, sometimes […]

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Homonyms – meaning

The word “homonym” comes from the Greek homonymos, meaning “having the same name”. A homonym is a word that not only sounds like another word but is also spelled the same, thus has the same name or signifier as another word. These words sound the same and look the same, their meaning, however, is completely […]

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“Pull out all the stops” meaning

To do everything you can to make something successful. Examples: The kids pulled out all the stops and organized a really great party. Republicans pulled out all the stops to ensure that the seat in the ruby red state didn’t fall into Democratic hands, including two rallies from President Donald Trump on Monday to help […]

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What does wtw mean in text

What’s the word This acronym is most frequently used in text to replace the complete spelled out phrase “what’s the word?“. It is similar to asking the questions “what’s up?” or “what’s going on?” Acronyms for WTW: What’s up? What’s new? What’s happening? Hey, What’s up? How’s everything? How are things? What’s happening How’s it […]

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Synonyms

A synonym is a word that shares the same or very similar meaning with another word. These words are not spelled the same or pronounced the same way, they just have a similar meaning and can be interchangeable without significantly changing the meaning or tone of conversation. A dictionary of synonyms is called Thesaurus, and […]

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IDIOMS: Donkey’s years

Years and years. A very long time. And that’s basically it! It is believed that this expression originated from “donkey’s ears” in the early 20th century and referred to the considerable length of the animal’s ears, on top of that donkeys are believed to live a long time. Ears rhymes with years and there you […]

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