MORE TRICKY WORDS
Welcome to a few more of those tricky words.
Hearty is for things that are warm and
nourishing, like a robust welcome or an abundant feast. They have heart. Hardy
is for things that are tough and durable, that can stand up to the elements and
survive. They are hard.
you're talking about fears, habits, or emotions, the correct term is deep-seated.
Talk of depth and rootedness brings the idea of planting to mind, but seeds
don’t enter into this expression.
compliment is a kind or flattering comment. Complement means to go
together well. Your shoes may complement your dress, but if I remark on how
sharp you look I am giving you a compliment.
is to collect and keep things in a secure or hidden place, and hoard
itself keeps its stash of vowels all tucked away inside the word. A horde
is a big crowd. Its vowels are scattered over the word, like a horde of
tourists on a sidewalk.
Loathe is a verb meaning to hate. It is
a more severe sentiment than loath, which means reluctant. Loath
will always be followed by to, as in “I am loath to make small talk with
people I loathe.”
differ by one letter, but perpetuate gets a whole extra syllable. That
works well, because perpetuate means to keep something going (to make it
perpetual) while perpetrate is to commit a single act, usually a crime.
17. PORE OVER/POUR OVER
study a document carefully, you pore over it (almost as if you are inspecting
its tiny pores). If you were to pour something over it, like juice or coffee,
that would make it much harder to read.
Conscience is a noun, and conscious
is an adjective. A conscience can be cleared, or keep you awake at night, or
tell you what decision to make. Conscious is a description of a state.
If you’re conscious you're awake and aware.
can substitute in “who is” or “who has,” then the one you want is who’s,
otherwise it’s whose.
better to be amused than bemused. Amused means entertained, while bemused
means puzzled or confused. It’s the difference between a smile and a head
Clancy's comment: I hope you were amused as you pored over these words.