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500 Words You Should Know (Part 1)

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In this blog post I'm literally going to share with you each and every 500 word with their meanings (from A-Z) that Caroline Taggart mentioned in her book '500 Words You Should Know'. Hope you find them interesting because I sure did lol. Enjoy.

1. Adroit

History – or word usage at least – has a long-standing prejudice against left handedness: gauche (the French word for left) is used in English to mean physically clumsy or socially inept, whereas sinister (the Latin) is – well, sinister. There is even the word gaucherie, meaning an awkward or tactless remark. On the other side of the coin, as it were, we have dextrous (from the Latin for right), meaning the very opposite of clumsy, likely to take a catch that the gauche person would have dropped, and adroit (from the French), adept, tactful, immune from the awkwardness and tendency to gaffes that characterize the gauche person. To make matters worse, a tactless or unsubtle person may also be described as maladroit: ‘badly right’.

2. Aspiration

To aspire to something is to long to achieve it, particularly if it may be beyond your reach: ‘He aspires to be CEO of a company, but he has neither the brains nor the charisma.’ Such a desire is an aspiration: ‘To become a CEO has always been his greatest aspiration.’

3. Assiduous

You can take assiduity too far – someone who didn’t return your affection wouldn’t thank you for being assiduous in your attentions – but on the whole it is a good thing, meaning hard-working and persevering. An assiduous researcher is one who isn’t put off by a lack of early success, while an assiduous reader spends every available moment with a book. Reading is a particularly appropriate thing to do assiduously, as the word comes from the Latin for ‘to sit down to’, with the sense of putting your nose to the grindstone.

4. Avuncular

Literally ‘pertaining to an uncle’: affectionate and helpful to someone younger. The word is usually applied not to the young person’s relatives but to a family friend or perhaps an older boss. There is no suggestion or impropriety here: He had an avuncular interest in their careers, recommending them to friends who might employ bright young things. As for a female equivalent, the OED gives materteral, but describes it as humorous and rare; It’s clearly been made up by someone who has a modicum of Latin and thinks there darn well ought to be a word. In the modern, non-latin-speaking world, you’re probably safer sticking to the unexciting aunty if you want people to know what you mean.

5. Benevolent

This literally means ‘well-wishing’ but has a sense of being more active than that – not only well-wishing but doing something about it. A benevolent dictator doesn’t just sit around smiling. Nor, come to that, does the opposite: a malevolent dictator is much more likely to instigate an invasion or conduct a purge than he is to stay in the office scrowling.

6. Burgeoning

To burgeon is to grow healthily and rapidly, to flourish. Originally used of plants, it can now refer to anything from Brazil’s burgeoning economy to a burgeoning romance or a burgeoning interest in social reform.

7. Callipygian

You might not often need a word for ‘having a nice backside’, but when you do, this is it. In fact it’s one of two: you might prefer callipygous. The stress in both words is on the pyg: in callipygian the g is pronounced as a j; in callipygous it is a hard sound as in girl. Specifically, they mean having a well developed, round buttocks. Calli- comes from the greek for beautiful (as in calligraphy, beautiful writing) and the rest of the word relates to the buttocks. It doesn’t occur in any common English words, although ornithologists may like to know that pygopod birds such as diving ducks have their legs placed a long way back on the body, near what would be their buttocks if they had such things. 

8. Cognoscenti

“Those in the know”, from the Italian for knowing, usually about the arts: a sixteen hour performance of Wagner’s Ring Cycle might be expected to appeal to the cognoscenti – those who appreciate the finer points of the work. The word may also be used in a less high-brow context: ‘Parking at the racecourse is a nightmare, so that cognoscenti park at the supermarket and walk the last 200 yards.’

9. Complement

This spelling of the word means to make complete and it has various technical meanings in maths and grammar; in non-tech speech it means little more than to go together well: ‘That blue dress really complements your eyes’. That remark is, of course, a compliment, which “That red dress really complements your eyes” probably isn’t.

10. Coruscating

This means flashy or sparkling and may be used to describe a flashy or sparkling personality or argument. The Victorian essayist Thomas Carlyle wrote of John Sterling, a writer friend who had died young, ‘Like a swift dashing meteor he came into our circle; coruscated among us, for a day or two.’ The adjective is also often applied to the wit of Oscar Wilde, perhaps not entirely flatteringly.

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500 Words You Should Know (Part 7)

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71. Draconian

Draco was an Ancient Athenian politician who introduced a code of laws according to which a startling number of crimes were punishable by death. The adjective derived from his name therefore means exceedingly strict, severe. It’s most often used to describe such things as discipline, punishment, rules and regulations, but if a person whose views on these things were harsh they could be accused of having draconian attitudes, or indeed of being draconian himself.

72. Effrontery

Cheek, insolence, as in ‘He had the effrontery to say I never give him anything after I paid for his whole family to go on holiday last year’. Not to be confused with affronted, meaning offended, which is how the person uttering that last complaint might feel. 

73. Enormity

A commonly misused word, this does not mean enormousness. It means appallingness, great wickedness, ‘He seemed not to realize the enormity of his crime’ means he didn’t acknowledge he had done something dreadful, but not necessarily that he had wiped out an entire city.

74. Ersatz

From the German for ‘replacement’ this is an adjective describing an inferior imitation of something more valuable or attractive: ‘It was one of those twee little hotels with ersatz Victorian furniture’ or ‘Ersatz lemon meringue pie, made with some awful artificial lemon substitute.’

75. Etiolated

In the plant world, this describes a green plant that has gone pale through lack of sunlight; in human terms it means pale and weak: ‘His skin had that etiolated look of a video-game player who has spent his youth on his game console’.

76. Excoriate

This means literally to take the skin off, so metaphorically to flay someone alive, to criticize very severely. A critic might, for example, write an excoriating review of a film or play he loathed, while an angry politician might make an excoriating criticism of government policy.

77. Extravaganza

An Italian word, this time related to extravagance and meaning a very showy and elaborate performance, the sort of thing that might have been put on by Hollywood director Busby Berkeley. Special effects, fancy costumes, fireworks – you name it, an extravaganza has it. Expense is no object and taste is rarely a consideration.

78. Facile

An extract from the Atlantic Monthly dated 1900 gives a particularly damning use of this word: “The English drawing master did not teach art, but facile tricks of the brush.’ Facile comes from the Latin for easy and did once mean just that. In  modern usage, however, it has the added sense of being just a bit too easy and thus having little value: a facile victory is more or less a walkover; a facile remark is a glib one, easy to make but not requiring much thought.

79. Fallacious

In logic a fallacy is an error of reasoning that produces a misleading conclusion; fallacious therefore means illogical, misleading, as in a fallacious argument or a fallacious news report. It’s also worth being aware of what philosophers call the fallacy of many questions, of which ‘When did you stop beating your wife?’ is the most frequently given example. It means that the question presupposes something that may be false, but you can’t answer it without acknowledging the accusation. Lose-lose. 

80. Fastidious

This means picky, critical, hard to please and the Latin roots conjure up its connotations beautifully: they are the words for pride and weariness (the second part of fastidious is related to tedious and tedium). So the fastidious person looks down on something as being beneath her and manages to be bored with it at the same time. You might pick fastidiously at your food if it didn’t appeal to you or lift your trouser legs fastidiously so as not to get them wet on a rainy day. 

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Ariana Grande Quotes

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Here are some awesome Ariana Grande quotes which I have edited and put together for you. I aim to add more quotes to this page as time goes on so do make sure you keep checking back. Hope you Enjoy the ones I have added so far! 🙂

1. You should never stop believing in something, and you shouldn't listen to anyone who tells you otherwise.

2. There's too many people telling you that you're not good enough, but you are good enough.

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3. There's always tomorrow and it always gets better.

4. The thrill of not knowing what's going to happen, trained me to be prepared for anything.

5. When you feel your best, everybody else can feel it too.

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6. I think it's so important for girls to love themselves and to treat their bodies respectfully.

7. I don't feel much pressure to fit in. I never have. I've always just wanted to do my thing. And if I don't fit in somewhere else, I fit in at home.

8. Gotta find a way to break the spell to get the hell away from those who block my vision.

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9. Don't ever doubt yourselves or waste a second of your life. It's too short, and you're too special.

10. If you're passionate about something then it will definitely work out for you.

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11. sometimes, people can be extraordinarily judgmental and closed-minded to anyone different or special.

12. Don't need permission, made my decision to test my limits

13. On a scale of one to ten, I'm at 100.

14. I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it

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15. The best fashion advice I'd say would be just to do what makes you comfortable and what makes you feel cute, and that's how you're gonna look your best

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16. Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.

17. When you're handed a challenge, instead of sitting there and complaining about it, why not try to make something beautiful?

18. You can work your way to the top. Just know that there's ups and downs and there's drops. Unfollow fear and just say "you are blocked". Just know there is so much room at the top.

19. Every time you're faced with something ugly, focus on something beautiful. What you focus on expands. Only you can change your reality.

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300 Pink Quotes For Girls Success Inspiration (Part 1)

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Being a girl myself I can definitely say that these quotes have made a huge difference to my life, especially the way that I think about success which has inspired me greatly. I hope it does the same for you too. Hope you enjoy these quotes

1. Whatever you are, be a good one.

2. In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

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3. You were put on this Earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose, and to do it courageously.

4. You deserve to have happiness that flows freely from you

5. Be a champion who gets up even when you can't

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6. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why

7. You deserve the best for putting up with the worst.

8. It's hard to stay motivated when you don't know exactly what you're doing or where you're going

9. Give up on being perfect and start working on becoming yourself.

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10. Don't give up... keep it up... keep going... you can make it happen.

11. Never underestimate the power you have to take your life in a new direction.

12. Don't let yesterday take up too much of today.

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13. Strive to get all the things that will create your happiness

14. If someone makes you happy, make them happier

15. Beautiful faces, good shaped bodies and bad hearts are so mainstream.

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16. You gotta build yourself so strong that nobody can trash you down or make you look bad

17. No matter how unhappy you are, know that good days will come and you will be happy. Your happiness matters.

18. Never let fear decide the future.

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