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Monday, July 12, 2021


admonish is a synonym of warn

verb [ ad-mon-ish ]

admonish is another word for warn

The verbs warn and admonish both imply attempting to prevent another from running into danger or getting into unpleasant or undesirable circumstances. To warn is to speak plainly and usually in strong terms: She warned him of the dangers that lay ahead. To admonish is to caution, advise, or counsel. This synonym suggests giving earnest, authoritative advice with only tacit references to danger or penalty. A judge might admonish jurors not to discuss a trial outside of the courtroom. This verb can also mean "to reprove or scold, especially in a mild and good-willed manner"— and often an admonition is a little bit of both: part warning, part scolding, as in the case of a teacher who admonishes a student about excessive noise.

Commonly found as

gently admonish
The professor gently admonished the student for his sloppy research, reminding him that he would have to take a much more rigorous approach to the material if he wanted to get published in an academic journal one day.
judge + admonish
As one juror dosed off and another’s eyelids were beginning to droop, the judge admonished the jury to stay alert during the entire trial.

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Sunday, July 11, 2021


finicky is a synonym of fussy

adjective [ fin-i-kee ]

finicky is another word for fussy

Fussy and finicky can both be used to describe someone who is so picky or particular that they’re hard to satisfy. A child with highly selective eating habits will be called a fussy eater or a finicky eater, without any difference in meaning. But in general, finicky is a more precise term than fussy, which has several different meanings. A fussy customer may make sure all twenty-nine dollar bills go in the same direction before he hands them to you and want his receipt stapled to the bag, or he may not like any of the ties you show him. Finicky suggests someone who has (or affects) excessively discriminating tastes and standards (finicky customers with finicky tastes), perhaps as a sign of superiority. Finicky objects turn the tables on consumers; they demand excessive carefulness or constant adjustment: finicky controls, a finicky touchpad.

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finicky controls
Many reviews of the game console complain that the finicky controls make gameplay frustrating.
finicky eater
One of my cats will eat anything except raw vegetables, while the other is such a finicky eater she’ll eat only boiled chicken and some days not even that.

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Saturday, July 10, 2021


gibberish is a synonym of nonsense

noun [ jib-er-ish, gib- ]

gibberish is another word for nonsense

Nonsense and gibberish are both terms for speech or writing that makes no sense. Nonsense suggests a lack of meaning or logic, while gibberish is completely unintelligible speech or writing that may not even be in a language. Someone speaking in tongues, or simply in a language you don’t know, may as well be speaking gibberish. Gibberish more commonly refers to speech, deriving as it does from the verb “to gibber,” which means to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly, but it is also used of writing that is so full of obscure terms or jargon that it is impenetrable.

Commonly found as

speak gibberish
If your computer lags during a video call, your colleagues may sound like robots speaking gibberish.
spout gibberish
Later we laughed about it, but at the time it was terrifying when my brother’s fever got so high that he began to spout gibberish.

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