Archive for December, 2009

Vocabulary in context

December 28, 2009

Can you use the following in sentences to illustrate what they mean?

1.an abortive attempt

2. a lame alibi

3. scathing remarks

4. a vitriolic review

5. an insipid episode

6. a lame alibi

7. crass insensitivity

8. to reach a crescendo

9. to detect the anomaly

10. continuous recrimination

11. to face the odds with equanimity

12. a bountiful provision

13. a coy grin

14, wishy-washy

15. kowtow

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Synonyms and Antonyms

December 28, 2009

I. What are good synonyms for each word that follows? Where possible list the antonyms.

1, anomaly

2. crass

3. perfunctory

4. puerile

5. recrimination

6. spry

7. equanimity

8. bountiful

9. courtly

10. crescendo

11. vitriolic

12. obsequious

13. suave

14. abortive

15. coy

16. insipid

17. gibberish

18. fastidious

19. erudite

20. diligence

II. Match the words in list A with the ones in list B that have opposite meanings.

List A.
1. anomaly

2. crass

3. coy

4. bountiful

5. insipid

6. abortive

7. equanimity

8. perfunctory

9. scathing

10. suave

List B
a. fruitful

b. exciting

c. custom

d. flattering

e. meager

f. anxiety

g. brazen

h. scant

i. surly

j. courtly

Do you know these expressions?

December 28, 2009

Use the following expressions in sentences to illustrate the meaning of each one.

1. It’s not rocket science.

2. What goes around comes around.

3. the bottom line

4. When all is said and done

5. at first blush

6. going forward

7. at the end of the day

8. revolutionary age

9. thinking outside the box

10. Don’t shoot the messenger.

Wording

December 24, 2009

Can you put each one of the following into sentences to explain its meaning:

1. rocky investments

2. a rumpus over the accusations

3. a sprawled out on the grass

4. offsetting costs

5. time-strapped

6. vacancies abound

7. avuncular demeanor

8. squeaky-clean character

9. cutting corners during a financial downturn

10. drum up business

11. bird’s-eye view of the glacier

12. an absolute eyeopener

13. in-your-face

14. fraught with

15. good intent

Some Choice Vocabulary

December 24, 2009

I. Can you use the following words in sentences that explain their meanings?

1. underdog 11. enhance 21, incursion

2. to offset 12. fizzle 22. to wind up

3. panoply 13. blathering 23. to eschew

4. carport 14. pricey 24. wayward

5. dumbfounded 15. ruffle 25. akimbo

6. weary of 16. robust 26. anciliary

7. mindfulness 17. to thwart 27. maskot

8. to hail 18. impetuous 28. anachronism

9. to laud 19. to admonish 29. street smarts

10. fraught 20. windfall 30. to drum up

II. Complete the following expressions or phrases with an appropriate word:

Example: __________ calibre Answer: high or low calibre

1. __________ turnover

2. __________ blackout

3. __________ perspective

4. __________in a wink

5. a __________ guess

6. _________ into a rage

7. nary a ____________

8. a twist of the _____________

9. undisclosed _____________

10. endangered ______________

11. ________ is a linchpin

12. a convicted _____________

13. a kitschy _____________

14. trapped in a maelstrom of ______________

15. watery __________

16. to skirt

17. the _________ draft

18. tell it like it __________

19. a whistle __________

20. _________ maverick