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Jan
16

ELL Q&A: Contrasting Animals

Welcome to ELL Q&A, where Wordsmyth answers questions submitted by English Language Learners. Today, let’s compare and contrast animals that look similar. edit

Oct
6

shyster

shaI st@r noun a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods. That shyster accepted her payment for his services but did almost nothing for her. edit

Oct
6

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. edit

Oct
5

laureate

lor i iht noun one who is honored for achievement in a particular field or by a particular award, esp. in the arts or sciences. He is a Nobel laureate in economics. She has been a laureate in both prestigious piano competitions. edit

Oct
5

orator

or @ t@r noun person who delivers a public speech, or one skilled at formal public speaking. A skilled orator can have a profoundly inspirational effect on an audience. edit