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Tuesday, October 19, 2021

synonym for occasional

sporadic

adjective [ spuh-rad-ik ]

sporadic is another word for occasional

Both adjectives describe things that happen infrequently and not at regular intervals. Occasional refers to things that occur once in a while: occasional trips home; have the occasional drink. Occasional can have the effect of downplaying—both “casual” and occasional come from a Latin verb meaning “fall” or “befall,” that is, happen by chance. Sporadic’s descent from a Greek word for “seed” or “sowing,” and hence “scattered,” suggests things falling where or when they may. Sporadic emphasizes irregularity and is often paired with negative adjectives like inconsistent, unpredictable, and haphazard. In some contexts it implies that ideally things would be more frequent and consistent: sporadic efforts; sporadic attendance. Sporadic also tends to be used with explosive occurrences: sporadic outbursts; sporadic gunfire; sporadic violence.

Commonly found as

sporadic fighting
Our correspondent reports sporadic fighting continuing overnight, but relative calm in the city today, which is stirring up hopes that the conflict is coming to an end.
sporadic at best
Since she started working full-time to pay for her education, her attendance in class has been sporadic at best.

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Monday, October 18, 2021

synonym for fake

charlatan

noun [ shahr-luh-tn ]

charlatan is another word for fake

Both words refer to someone who puts on a false or deceptive appearance or persona. Fake is the broader term. It covers all phonies—the insincere, the pretentious, and the outright deceitful. A charlatan is someone who poses as an expert in some area of knowledge and uses their charismatic gifts in order to sell a bogus miracle product—whether it’s the proverbial medicinal snake oil or political promises. Charlatans typically connive, thieve, and peddle. The word frequently appears in the company of words for exposing someone as a charlatan, such as demask and debunk. Publicly calling someone a charlatan is also newsworthy.

Commonly found as

expose as a charlatan
The magazine’s attempt to expose everyone’s favorite TV psychic as a charlatan met with considerable backlash from readers.
charlatan + peddle
She calls herself an economist, but she’s nothing but a charlatan peddling discredited theories to lure investors into a Ponzi scheme.

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Sunday, October 17, 2021

synonym for small

paltry

adjective [ pawl-tree ]

paltry is another word for small

Small is a fairly neutral word to describe an amount that is not large. To let someone know how you really feel about such an amount, you could qualify small with “ridiculously” or “insultingly”—or you could capture all that information in one word, namely, paltry, which suggests a very small, insignificant, or inadequate amount. By far the most frequent application of paltry is monetary: a paltry sum, amount, or salary, although there might be paltry attendance at a poorly publicized event, or, if you have nothing better to complain about, a paltry serving of caviar. The paltriness of something often emerges comparatively: The other late night show had a comparatively paltry 89,000 viewers for its holiday special.

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paltry compared with
The budget Mother’s Day bouquet I bought seemed paltry compared with the overflowing gift basket from my brother.
paltry sum
The paltry sum workers receive for their yearly bonus doesn’t exactly boost the holiday spirit around here.

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