Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Vocabulary

Irony is the use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning. Ironically, even as the government was arguing against American policy, American jeans and videocassettes were the hottest items in the stalls of the market. Keep in mind that many people use the word ironically or irony incorrectly. They believe it means coincidentally. For example, Susie moved from New York to California where she met her husband-to-be, who, ironically, also was from New York. Wrong use of ironically here. The right word is coincidentally.

Loquacious (lo-qua-cious) means talkative. The loquacious barber told stories endlessly.

Incognito (in-cog-knee-to) means to disguise one's identify. The spy traveled ignotio into enemy territory.

Feckless means lacking purpose or vitality or it can mean careless and irresponsible. The feckless bodies slumped in the chairs (lack vitality). The feckless student turned in yet another late paper (careless and irresponsible).





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