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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

synonym for jumble


noun [ hoj-poj ]

hodgepodge is another word for jumble

A jumble is a confused mixture of something or a disordered heap or mass, as a jumble of paper clips, rubber bands, and string (oh my!). In the U.K., jumble is also short for jumble sale, the equivalent of a rummage sale in the U.S. This disorderly noun is pretty close in meaning to the synonym hodgepodge. A hodgepodge, strictly speaking, is a mixture of incongruous items. But of course there’s nothing strict about this term, which is commonly used to talk about styles or ideas that are crammed together with no apparent rhyme or reason.

Commonly found as

result + hodgepodge
Too many managers wanted to put their stamp on the project; the result was a hodgepodge of conflicting ideas that fell flat.
hodgepodge of styles
A stark contrast to the meticulously crafted concept albums of its early days, the band's latest work was a hodgepodge of styles and narrative themes

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Monday, January 25, 2021

synonym for mystery


noun [ uh-nig-muh ]

enigma is another word for mystery

Today we shed light into the great unknown as we compare the nouns mystery and enigma. Mystery is the more general of the two terms, referring to anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained. It can also refer to any person or thing that arouses curiosity or speculation for their obscure qualities. Enigma is more specific: it entered English in the 16th century as a word for a riddle. Its meaning has expanded, but the theme of puzzles or puzzlement is still central to how we use it today. Any puzzling or inexplicable occurrence might be called an enigma as well as a person of puzzling or contradictory character.

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remain + enigma
She felt like she knew him to an extent, but in many ways he remained an enigma.
enduring enigma
He was fascinated by the Bermuda Triangle, which he considered to be the most enduring enigma of his time.

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Sunday, January 24, 2021

synonym for careful


adjective [ muh-tik-yuh-luhs ]

meticulous is another word for careful

The adjective careful is a general term that describes people who take pains in their work (a careful typist), or things done or performed with accuracy or caution (careful research). Meticulous describes people that are not just careful, but extremely attentive to the minute details of a project or task. In other words, someone who is meticulous sweats the small stuff! Reflecting its Latin roots, meticulous entered English meaning “fearful.” It came to describe people who were scrupulous to a fault. Nowadays, meticulous is mostly favorable, describing work that is well done or people that are reliably and impressively thorough—though it does still carry a whiff of obsessive desire to avoid error.

Commonly found as

meticulous attention
The celebrated painter was known for her meticulous attention to detail.
meticulous in
He was meticulous in his planning; he left nothing to chance on the big day.

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