Vocabulary Mondays: conjecture

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹conjecture

Part of Speech:  ²noun, verb

Meaning:

Noun

  1. the formation or expression of an opinion or theory, without sufficient evidence for proof.

Verb (used with object), conjectured, conjecturing

  1. to conclude or suppose from grounds or evidence insufficient to ensure reliability.

Verb (used without object), conjectured, conjecturing

  1. to form conjectures.

Word Usage:

It seems lately people are making conjecturing comments on social topics about health care in America.


 

¹Thesaurus.com/browse/conjecture
²Dictionary.com/browse/conjecture

Vocabulary Mondays: self-assurance

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  self-assurance¹

Part of Speech:

Meaning:

  1. self-confidence.²

Word Usage:

As she sat in the chair for her interview she displayed self-assurance.


 

¹Thesaurus.com/browse/self-assurance
²Dictionary.com/browse/self-assurance

Vocabulary Mondays: forward-looking

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  forward-looking

Part of Speech:  adjective

Meaning:

  1. planning for or anticipating possible future events, conditions, etc.; progressive.

Word Usage:

Morgan’s forward-looking gave her insight on finishing her project without glitches.

Vocabulary Mondays: appreciation

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹oppression

Part of Speech:  ²noun

Meaning:²

  1. the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
  2. an act or instance of oppressing.
  3. the state of being oppressed.
  4. the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

Word Usage:

Overcoming oppression is learn how to be grateful.


 

¹Thesaurus.com/browse/oppression
²Dictionary.com/browse/oppression

Vocabulary Mondays: pruno

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹pruno

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

prison/jail wine

Word Usage:

Pruno is made from bread, fruit cocktail, ketchup, apples and such.


 

¹wikipedia.org/wiki/Pruno

Vocabulary Mondays: appreciation

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹appreciation

Part of Speech:  ²noun

Meaning:

  1. gratitude; thankful recognition
  2. the act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.²

Word Usage:

The employees had an appreciation dinner for their manager.


 

¹Thesaurus.com/browse/appreciation
²Dictionary.com/browse/appreciation

Vocabulary Mondays: détente

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  détente

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

  1. a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.

Word Usage:

¹Détente presupposes that the two powers will continue to disagree but seeks to reduce the occasions of conflict.


 

[¹]dictionary.reference.com http:/browse/détente

Vocabulary Mondays: pansexual

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  ¹pansexual

Part of Speech:  Not sure but pansexual should be an adjective because it describes a particular quality of a word.

Meaning:

  1. ²is sexual attraction, sexual desire, romantic love, or emotional attraction toward people of any sex or gender identity.
  2. ³The Oxford Dictionary of English definition is quoted as stating ‘not limited or inhibited in sexual choice with regard to gender or activity.’

Word Usage:

Kate’s parents are upset with her because she is pansexual.


[¹][²][³]Wikipedia.com. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pansexuality

Grammatical Wednesdays – Subject vs. Noun

Nouns

Last week I discussed the eight parts of speech.   As I noted last week “parts of speech defines how words are being used.”

This week I will like to discuss subjects that are also known as nouns.  Nouns can be a person, animal, place, thing, or abstract idea.  Stop!  Wait!  Explain!  What is an abstract idea?

An abstract idea is an idea that can be interpreted in many different ways. Some examples include:Betrayal, Charity, Courage, Cowardice, Cruelty, Forgiveness, Truth, Love, Anger, Fear, Grief, Happiness, Jealously, Sympathy, Insanity, Knowledge, Wisdom, Right/Wrong, Duty, Fame, Justice, Liberty, Friendship, Greed, Innocence, Rules, Social Norm, and Religion.Usually these abstract terms are difficult to define alone, but easier when in context. For example: What is Right? vs. What is the right answer to this math equation?

For most people it will be easier to answer the second question, because it is in context.

Other words:

The question “What is Right?” is a proper question and “right” is abstract idea.  However it is hard to figure that ‘right’ is the abstract idea because of limited information.  Therefore, when the question is asked in the following way “What is the right answer to this math equation?” it gives more detail.  As a result it is becomes easier to find ‘right’ as a abstract idea, thus, making “right” a noun.

NOTE:  If you are an English guru and notice I have made an error in my interpretation please contact me with the correct answer.

Grammatical Wednesdays – What Is A Sentence?

A sentence is a group of words containing a subject and predicate.

Part of Speech:  Noun

Definition

  1. Grammar . a grammatical unit of one or more words that expresses an independent statement, question, request, command, exclamation, etc., and that typically has a subject as well as apredicate, as in John is here, or Is john here?  In print or writing, a sentence typically begins with a capital letter and ends with appropriate punctuation; in speech it displays recognizable, communicative intonation patters and is often marked by preceding and following pauses.