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Thursday, May 20, 2021


lug is a synonym of carry

verb [ luhg ]

lug is another word for carry

To carry something is to take or support it from one place to another. This very common verb does not, on its own, suggest difficulty or a high degree of effort; it merely states a mode of conveyance: I carried the casserole to the neighbor’s house. The synonym lug, on the other hand, suggests strenuous effort. This verb is used to talk about pulling or carrying heavy or ponderous things with force or great exertion. If you lug a suitcase up a flight of stairs, the suggestion is that you are transporting it, maybe even dragging it, with some difficulty. It’s no surprise that this verb is sometimes chosen to emphasize or even exaggerate the burdensome nature of a task.

Commonly found as

lug around
The soccer player was excited to get a car; now she could lug all her gear around!
lug + suitcase
When he arrived at the hotel, he was informed that his room was on the fifteenth floor and that the elevator was broken; he would have to lug his heavy suitcase all the way up.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021


snafu is a synonym of mistake

noun [ sna-foo, snaf-oo ]

snafu is another word for mistake

In the most general sense, a mistake is an error caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, or insufficient knowledge. This finger-wagging noun can be applied to actions, calculations, opinions, or judgments: it was a mistake to argue. A snafu is an error, glitch, oversight, or misunderstanding that causes a confusing situation. A scheduling snafu at a restaurant might result in a table being overbooked—putting hopeful diners in an awkward situation once they arrive. Some readers might’ve experienced a technical snafu or two working from home and videoconferencing with their colleagues (is that mute button really on?). Snafu can also refer to the situation itself, more precisely, a badly confused or ridiculously muddled one: the ballot snafu led to a recount.

Commonly found as

bureaucratic snafu
His driver’s license arrived nearly six months later than expected due to a bureaucratic snafu at the DMV.
blame + snafu
The news article blamed the embarrassing snafu at the Oscars on the accounting firm that handles the envelopes with the winners’ names.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2021


chasm is a synonym of gap

noun [ kaz-uhm ]

chasm is another word for gap

In the most general sense, a gap is a break or an opening. It can be a physical opening, like a gap in a fence, or it can be an empty space or interval, like a gap in a siren’s wailing. A gap can also be an interruption in continuity: a gap in one’s memory. Just like gap, the synonym chasm refers to an opening or break, but on a much larger (and considerably more ominous) scale: in the literal sense, a chasm is a yawning fissure or deep cleft in the earth's surface—you might also call it a gorge. But chasm is more commonly used to talk about situations in which there is a very wide distance, or more specifically, a marked difference between two things—almost to the point of being impossible to bridge or to bring together. You might encounter it used to describe an irreconcilable breach in relations marked by a divergence of opinions or beliefs between persons or groups (a chasm between the haves and have-nots).

Commonly found as

chasm between
There was a widening chasm between what the corporation espoused publicly and how it conducted business behind closed doors.
yawning chasm
Incredibly, the young representative's policies seemed to bridge the yawning chasm separating the two political parties; her ideas appealed to everyone!

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