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: chuse

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  chuse¹

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:

  1. archaic variant of choose¹

Word Usage:

“The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.”²


¹Merriam-Webster.com.  <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chuse?show=0&t=1400634991&gt;
²The Constitution of the United States of America

Vocabulary Mondays: Commonsensical

Photo Taken From:  http://thegrio.com/2014/05/02/second-grader-handcuffedWord:  Commonsensical

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:

Sound practical judgment that is independent of specialized knowledge, training, or the like; normal native intelligence.

Word Usage:

The other day as I was reading headlines on Facebook I stumbled across a very sad story.  The story was about a seven-year old boy named Kalyb Primm Wiley.  He had been placed in handcuffs by his schools security.  Apparently the little boy had been picked on by his peers.  Feed up with the ill-treatment and feeling helpless the little seven-year old boy began to scream.  After he began to scream the unskilled teacher called for help to restrain the yelling child.  From the sounds of things the adults in charged didn’t try or was unable to rationally communicate with the child during his meltdown; therefore, he was placed in handcuffs until his father arrived.

When his father got to the school and saw his son in handcuffs he could not believe his eyes.  Now . . . I’m not saying white students are not mistreated . . . but a large percentage of white parents would have taken pictures of their child’s inhumane condition.  Most white parents whether they like their kid or not would have begun building social coffins for social antics they consider inhumane.  The photos taken would have been sent to an attorney, the school district superintendent, their state’s governor, their state’s senator, their city/town mayor, every newspaper in this country and all powers that be.  And in the end their child would receive a large monetary settlement from the school district for being publicly humiliated.  But so often when black students suffer at the hands of those that are in position of trust nothing is ever done.

I’m following this particular story.  I want to see how long it takes the school district in Kansas City, MO to change their policy on children and handcuffs.  Especially since those that enforce the rules are not commonsensical in character.

 

 

 

Vocabulary Mondays: Love

Unfamous Love Quotes

Word:  Love

Part of Speech:  noun

Meaning:  1)  adoration; very strong liking
2) person who is loved by another

Part of Speech: verb

Meaning: 1) adore, like very much
2) have sexual relations

Word Usage:  The love I have for Darren is different from the feelings I have for my new car.

 

Vocabulary Mondays – exacerbate

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  exacerbate

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to intensify bitterness or violence

Word Usage:  The terrorist attacks EXACERBATED the already strained relations between the two countries.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)

Grammatical Wednesdays: What Is a Subject Noun?

NounsWhat the heck is a subject noun?  In all my days of learning how to write I have never heard of a “subject noun.”  Hum . . . I guess I better start searching for the answer to my question.

Well, I finally found a definition that was easy to understand.  According to WiseGeek.com:

A subject noun is the subject of a sentence and usually, but not always, comes before the main verb in a sentence. The subject performs the action described by the verb and can be identified in a sentence by the answer to the question “who did it?” or “what did it?” A noun is a name word used for a person, thing, animal, or something abstract and these nouns can function in a sentence as a subject, a subject or object complement, direct or indirect object, an adjectiveadverb or appositive.

Vocabulary Mondays – eulogize

Artist:  Artis Harrison
Artist: Artis Harrison

Word:  eulogize

Part of Speech:  verb

Meaning:  to praise highly, especially the dead

Word Usage:  John EULOGIZED his grandmother at her funeral.   (GRE Vocabulary Flashcards)