It is said that despite having a steep increase in vocabulary as a child and a young adult, we start losing the ability to learn new words as we just skip past them. Do you keep your vocabulary fresh by learning new words - what was your latest new addition?
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It can be confusing especially with learned.
Brilliant- I knew archipelago but didn't realise pelagic meant 'of the sea'. That goes right into my list of new words learnt. I have written a series of etymology hubs called ' every word has a story' in which I link stories to words.
I should have elaborated the meaning a little, in that it has to be the 'open' sea and refers mainly to the fish etc that live IN it; like salmon swimming miles to spawn.
Thanks for clarifying ' of the open sea' it has a certain ring to it.
Great word, tender/affectionate at one end, and tender/flavorful at the other!
'whats up my homely' will not be the same, lol!
I am still confused. According to my dictionary 'homely' have some total opposite meanings = 1) [N. Amer] Lacking in physical beauty or proportion, 2) Having a feeling of home; cosy and comfortable, 3) Plain and unpretentious, 4)Without artificial re
Ya, homely is a confusing word.
if referring to a person it is a polite way to say that they are either ugly or simply unappealing
If referring to an object, it means that the object reminds you of the warmth and comfort of home
Thanks A LOT RyanBuda :)
Homely is one of those words that was originally used to describe ' a girl next door' look or cosy, unpretentious surroundings originally but has since become a derogatory term. It is now used as a Euphemism for 'ugly' in polite society.
Thanks, Docmo! I'm going to post your comment in my FB as well - for all my Afrikaans friends and relatives to read and understand... :)
I hope you found some answers regarding the fall of man!
Nice one - natatorium- I love the detection of word meanings from its roots as well as contextual clues, Ian.
It is never too late to improve one's vocabulary- it is a bit like putting more colours onto your palette!