How to Use Contradictory Terms – Oxymorons

An oxymoron is a figure of speech where two words of opposed or contradictory meaning are used together to create emphasis. While some are created by accident – such as “small crowd” – at times they are used intentionally to draw attention or to create drama. Oxymorons are very good for your writing because you…

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Commonly Confused Words

Given that the English vocabulary has more than 1 million words, it is common for English language users to be confused with words that have similar meanings, sounds or spellings. To prevent such confusion, here is a compilation of the commonly confused words. This list is by no means exhaustive and it will be expanded regularly.…

Different ways to say ‘Walk’

Stop using walk all the time! This article shares 46 synonyms of walk specially categorised to impress your teachers & readers! Words to describe walking quickly walking quickly in a specified direction march Words to describe walking slowly trail walking slowly with heavy steps (suggesting difficulty/effort) trudge plod slog stamp toil walking slowly at a relaxed pace amble stroll…

Different ways to say ‘Poor’

Sentence example: Founded in 1247, Bethlem is Europe’s oldest centre devoted solely to the treatment of mental illness. During this time, it was common for monks and other religious figures to take in the poor, who were often mentally ill. Synonyms of Poor Usual vocabulary: poor, needy, penniless Better vocabulary: Indigent: poor; needy Link to indigenous people who…

Shell-shocked

Definition: shocked or confused because of a sudden alarming experience Sentence example: When the earthquake struck, we made our way to the embassy and when we got there, it was full of Americans. They were walking around shell-shocked. Finally, we heard the rescue planes coming. The Power Memory Strategy: Link to shell, i.e. bomb Link to…

Surefire

Definition: certain to succeed Sentence example: In Buddhism, we have the Noble Truths of “suffering and its causes”. Love, greed, anger and lust are surefire ways to cause suffering. Buddhists are warned of becoming stuck in the cycle of worldly misery.  The Power Memory Strategy: Link to sure

Power Word List: Chaos

Sentence example: The protestors are threatening chaos if their preferred choice for the President is rejected. Synonyms of Chaos Usual vocabulary: chaos, uproar, confusion, unrest, riot, lawlessness, disorder, commotion Better vocabulary: Turmoil: a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty Link to tur-, i.e. disturbance ⇒ turbulence, turbine, turbid Link to -moil, i.e. move around in confusion or agitation Bedlam: a…

Acolyte

Definition: an assistant or follower Sentence example: Are we a “Buddhist” nation, or simply a country full of clueless acolytes? The Power Memory Strategy: Aco- sounds similar to echo ⇒  imagine others who echo your sentiments/beliefs ⇒ they are your followers -lyte sounds similar to like ⇒ they are like you ⇒ they are your followers  

Repression

Definition: the action of subduing someone or something by force Sentence example: In the name of religion, the terrorists massacred the villagers. In the name of religion, anything is possible - violence, random killing, invasions, wars, repression, you name it. The Power Memory Strategy: Link to re-, i.e. with intensive force ⇒ restrain; rebel Link to -press,…

Controversy, Kingdom & Patriarch

Controversy: public disagreement Patriarch: an older man is powerful within an organization Kingdom: a country, state, or territory ruled by a king or queen Sentence example: There has been controversy in the kingdom over the appointment of a new Patriarch with supporters of different candidates facing off with one another. The Power Memory Strategy: Controversy: Link to contr-,…