Speak with Authority

New Herald-Guide vocabulary builder improves your 'word-ability'

Staff Report
February 21, 2007 at 2:18 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

BOUTTE - Experts agree that when you learn a new word, your world becomes a bigger and more interesting place.

Just read the vocabulary words below and choose the correct definition from the four choices that we give you.

Watch out - three are completely bogus. Only one is accurate and the definition is taken directly from Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary.

Check your answers at the end of column. If you get five or more right, congratulations - that's a superior score. Anything less, well, sorry: You need to dust off the old dictionary and get to work.

Ready? Let’s go!

1. Thrifty: a) union, coalition; b) dig into; c) careful about money, economical; d) equip.

2. Rote: a) having an evil influence, virulent; b) repetition; c) neat and trim; d) one who serves for hire (usually used contemptuously).

3. Erode: a) place of spiritual expiation; b) eat away; c) excuse; d) varying form of an element.

4. Appreciate: a) weaken, sap; b) be thankful for, increase in worth; c) reserved or aloof, cold in manner; d) quench, sate.

5. Nutrient: a) concise, meaty; b) nourishing substance; c) secret, mysterious; d) attractive, agreeable.

6. Finite: a) harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill; b) agree; c) steal another's ideas and pass them off as one's own; d) limited.

7. Execrate: a) retort, comeback; b) boredom, weariness; c) something new; newness d) curse, express abhorrence for.

Challenge yourself weekly and before long, you'll be speaking more fluently, making more sense - and understanding more.

For this week’s answers, read below.

Answers: 1-C. 2-B. 3-B. 4-B. 5-B. 6-D. 7-D.


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