• Word of the Day
    culpable

    kuhl pə bəl

    adjective

    guilty of a mistake or fault; blameworthy.
    It is not the child who is culpable in this case; it is the parent.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    tradition

    tr@ dI sh@n

    noun
    definition 1:  the process of handing down a culture’s beliefs, customs, and mores from one generation to the next.
    example:  Tradition has preserved many of our ancient customs.

    definition 2:  the beliefs, customs, and mores of a culture or group handed down from one generation to the next, or any one of these.
    example:  Tradition calls for the bride to wear white on her wedding day.
    example:  She is bound by tradition to live with her husband’s family.
    example:  He accused his father of being blinded by tradition.
    example:  It is a tradition in our family to open presents on Christmas Eve.

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Mar
31
2015

disquiet

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dIs kwaI iht

noun
lack of mental calm or peace; anxiety; uneasiness.
The protests evidence the growing disquiet over the new, harsher regime.

transitive verb
to make anxious or uneasy; disturb; worry.
The announcement of possible layoffs at the factory disquieted the workers.

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Feb
16
2015

Wordsmyth offers free trial subscriptions

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May
20
2014

Wordsmyth’s new Word Parts database

The importance of learning Word Parts
Studying word parts (roots and affixes) equips us to do the following:

  • Identify the meaningful elements that make up words.
  • Learn the characteristics of roots and of affixes: origin, meaning, grammatical function.
  • Guess (or recall) the meaning of unfamiliar words from the clues given by word parts.
  • Recognize the relationship among words that share a common root or affix.
  • Recognize and use patterns of word change (e.g., cept, -ceive).
  • Improve spelling by gaining awareness of the internal logic of words.
  • Increase vocabulary, cultivate morphological awareness–and enjoy the English language.
  • Fulfill Common Core (CCSS) ELA Literacy standards.

Three views of the Word Parts data

1) Dictionary entries:
More than 8000 Wordsmyth dictionary entries now display information about the word parts that make up the headword. In the new Word Parts section of the entry, the headword is broken down into its roots and affixes.

introvert wpEach significant word part is identified and its origin, type, and meaning provided. The user can also here view a list of other example words containing the word part, and jump to those words’ dictionary entries to explore further. “More about this word part” notes explain in more detail how particular affixes combine with bases to form words.

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2) A-Z Word Parts Page:
In addition to the dictionary entry Word Parts feature, where the composition of a word can be studied in the context of looking up a word, the user can search, sort, and browse more than 600 roots and affixes at the A-Z Word Parts page (under Search Tools menu).

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3) Search Filters:
Finally, for a view of all the words that have word parts information, the Search Filter page (under the Search Tools menu) will display them in an alphabetical browsable format. Simply select “word parts information.”

Word Parts Data in Word Explorer Children’s Dictionary

Word Explorer Children’s Dictionary users have these same three modes of access to roots and affixes information, but with the example words limited to the headwords in the Children’s Dictionary. To maximize flexibility, there are links to the complete Word Parts Database from any point in the Children’s Word Parts data. In the case of roots and affixes that have no example words in the Children’s Dictionary, the word part and information about it can still be found in the Children’s Dictionary A-Z Word Parts look up. 

For a general introduction to the terms and concepts used in our Word Parts database, see this downloadable pdf http://dev.wordsmyth.net/testdir/web_site/help/WordPartsGuide.pdf.

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Dec
13
2013

flat-footed

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flaet fU tihd
adjective
1. pertaining to or having flat feet.
A lady should never waltz if she feels dizzy. It is a sign of disease of the heart, and has brought on death. Neither should she step flat-footed, and make her partner carry her round; but must do her part of the work, and dance lightly and well, or not at all. (Mrs. John M. E. W. Sherwood , Manners and Social Usages)
2. off one’s guard; unprepared.
Mining companies were caught flat-footed by cyber attacks.

 
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Dec
04
2013

continuously vs. continually

Posted in Wordsmyth Blog, Writing Tip by admin

 

Continually   and   Continuously.  It seems that these words should have the same meaning, but in their use by good writers there is a difference. What is done continually is not done all the time, but continuous action is without interruption. A loquacious fellow, who nevertheless finds time to eat and sleep, is continually talking; but a great river flows continuously. (Ambrose Bierce, Write It Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults, 1909)

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