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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Sep
23
2013

difference

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dI f@r @ns [or] dI fr@ns

noun
definition 1:  the condition of differing; unlikeness.
example:  Some people are not comfortable with difference; they prefer things that are similar to those things with which they are already familiar.

definition 2:  a particular instance of being unlike or not the same as something else.
example:  The professor explained the difference between communism and socialism.

definition 3:  a change in a situation or person.
example:  Have you noticed the difference in her since she returned from living abroad?

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Collocations:    Words often used in combination with the noun difference 

ADJECTIVE + difference:    significant ~ , huge ~ , big ~ , major ~ , considerable ~ , main ~ ,  fundamental ~ , noticeable ~ , observable ~ , marked ~ ,  obvious ~ ,  crucial ~ , subtle ~ , slight ~ ,  minor ~ ,  insignificant ~

difference + PREPOSITION:

  • ~ between (e.g., the difference between one group and another, differences between males and females)
  • ~ among (e.g., studying the differences among the three groups)
  • ~ in (e.g., the difference in weight between the two children, the difference in the patient’s behavior after the treatment, the difference in rates of survival during infancy)
  • ~ of (e.g.,  a difference of opinion on this subject, a difference of three degrees in the temperature )
  • ~ with respect to (e.g., the differences with respect to general health among these individuals )

VERB + difference:  make ~ (e.g., All her efforts have made a significant difference in the lives of these children),  see ~ ,  notice ~ , detect ~ (e.g., He detected a slight difference in her attitude), note ~ , observe ~ ,  perceive ~ , explain ~ , illustrate ~ , elucidate ~ ,  reveal ~ , reflect ~