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Wednesday, November 18, 2020


fettle is a synonym of condition

noun [ fet-l ]

fettle is another word for condition

The noun fettle is a somewhat old-fashioned way to refer to a person’s physical state or frame of mind. It’s almost always used in the positive with the descriptor fine: a person who is in fine fettle is feeling good and maybe even looking good, too. If you go looking for it, you may spot fettle in other sunny combinations, such as good fettle, excellent fettle, high fettle, and better fettle. Contrast that with the noun condition, which is indeed used to refer to a person’s state of health, but, in those uses, is more likely to be found alongside descriptors such as critical or poor.

Commonly found as

look in fine fettle
The older gentleman looked in fine fettle with good posture and impeccably coiffed hair.
put in fine fettle
Eating all the blueberry pancakes put them in fine fettle for a long day of skiing.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2020


loquacious is a synonym of talkative

adjective [ loh-kwey-shuhs ]

loquacious is another word for talkative

Talkative is straightforward adjective that means exactly what it sounds like: inclined to talk a great deal. Talkative is for the most part neutral, though it skews a bit negative in use. The loftier adjective loquacious suggests more facility and ease: someone who is loquacious talks or tends to talk much or freely. Loquacious is sometimes found alongside positive descriptors such as witty or charismatic. But occasionally loquacious is used to describe someone whose words flow like wine—but of a variety that leaves you wishing for a cork!

Commonly found as

usually loquacious
When the home team's mascot tripped on a carelessly discarded bat, the usually loquacious baseball announcer was rendered speechless.
became loquacious
After a few minutes of answering questions, the artist found his voice and became quite loquacious, amusing the audience with tales of his work.

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Monday, November 16, 2020


conundrum is a synonym of problem

noun [ kuh-nuhn-druhm ]

conundrum is another word for problem

A problem is a question or matter involving doubt, uncertainty, or difficulty. A conundrum is a particularly puzzling or complex question or problem. In some cases, conundrum refers to a riddle that involves a pun or play on words (what is black and white and red all over? A newspaper!). However, nowadays conundrum more commonly refers to a riddle of the less literal variety. If you find yourself stumped in a perplexing situation—look out, you may be in a conundrum!

Commonly found as

moral conundrum
The documentarians found themselves in a moral conundrum; they weren’t sure whether to simply capture the scene or get involved in the situation.
face a conundrum
The radio host faced a conundrum: if he made his show less provocative, he'd lose ratings but perhaps gain credibility.

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