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Thursday, June 17, 2021


miscellaneous is a synonym of assorted

adjective [ mis-uh-ley-nee-uhs ]

miscellaneous is another word for assorted

Let’s sort out the difference between these two adjectives: when a set of things is described as assorted, it usually means the set consists of different or various kinds, but that all kinds belong in the same broad category (assorted flavors; assorted crackers). When something is described as miscellaneous, a lack of order or commonality is emphasized—and randomness may be implied. In a miscellaneous set, things of different kinds or natures are mixed together (a book of miscellaneous essays on American history). Each item may be in some way different from all the others (a miscellaneous assortment of furniture), or not fit into an existing classification (miscellaneous expenses).

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miscellaneous expense
The entrepreneur encouraged students that wanted to start their own business to budget for miscellaneous expenses—the hidden costs that are individually too small to merit their own category, but that together add up to a significant chunk of change.
miscellaneous items
The top drawer on the right is for socks, and the one on the left is my junk drawer, for miscellaneous items—you’ll find a little bit of everything in there!

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021


convoluted is a synonym of complicated

adjective [ kon-vuh-loo-tid ]

convoluted is another word for complicated

We’ll try to keep this simple: the adjective complicated can be used to describe things that are very intricate and complex (a complicated apparatus for measuring brain functions) or things that are difficult to  understand or explain (a complicated subject). The synonym convoluted is most commonly used to describe stories, plots, or thought processes that are difficult to follow and perhaps even a bit dizzying in all their twists and turns (a convoluted way of describing a simple device). The word’s still-current literal meaning, after all, is “coiled” or “twisted.” There are good reasons a snail’s shell is convoluted, but in the more common, figurative use of convoluted, the word often suggests that something is unnecessarily complex or complicated to a fault.

Commonly found as

convoluted story
The witness presented the jurors with a very convoluted story about split pea soup, parrots, and a grumpy landlord: they couldn't make heads or tails of it.
convoluted process
Even if you keep flawless financial records all year, filling out an income tax return can be a convoluted process.

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021


proceed is a synonym of move

verb [ pruh-seed ]

proceed is another word for move

Let’s get going on this pair of verbs. Both proceed and move cover the idea of going or passing from one place to another. However, by itself, move does not indicate direction (She moved out of his way; Get a move on!), whereas proceed means to move forward or onward (The parade proceeded down Main Street). Another distinguishing characteristic of proceed is that it often implies continuing after a halt: After a pitstop, they proceeded on their way. If you sometimes confuse proceed and precede, differentiating their prefixes can help. Pre- means “before” (in space or time). The directional aspect of proceed comes from its Latin prefix pro-, which means “forward” or “forth.”

Commonly found as

to proceed north/south/east/west
Once we’d taken exit 17, the GPS told us to turn right and proceed east on Bank Street, but Jeff disagreed and, as he was the driver, we ended up hopelessly lost.
to proceed down
The bride took a deep breath and proceeded down the petal-strewn aisle, arm in arm with her stepmom.

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