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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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100 Beautiful Things You Deserve Forever

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100 Beautiful Things You Deserve Forever

Even if you believe you don’t deserve these things, trust me – you do.

1. You deserve to feel grateful that you’re alive and breathing.

2. You deserve to be happy, even on your bad days.

3. You deserve to wake up every morning and smile.

4. You deserve to heal from all the things that keep weighing you down.

5. You deserve to find happiness in the simplest of things.

6. You deserve to be supported no matter what life throws at you.

7. You deserve to be loved for being you.

8. You deserve to be loved unconditionally even when you’re difficult.

9. You deserve to laugh and enjoy life more.

10. You deserve to be like a flower that grows through the dirt.

11. You deserve to be your best self.

12. You deserve to be successful.

13. You deserve to let go of toxic people and situations.

14. You deserve to move forward in life.

15. You deserve to leave friendships that don’t help you grow.

16. You deserve to stay away from people that keep harming your soul.

17. You deserve to be at your best version ever.

18. You deserve to feel beautiful, even when you don’t feel like it.

19. You deserve to be someone who has a smile that never fades.

20. You deserve to be someone who is full of love, light and life.

21. You deserve to be celebrated, even if it’s just by yourself.

22. You deserve to give yourself a break from all the hard work that you do.

23. You deserve to take yourself out on dates.

24. You deserve to treat yourself on the things that make you happy.

25. You deserve to achieve all your goals and dreams.

26. You deserve to be a powerful human being.

27. You deserve to feel strong no matter how weak you feel.

28. You deserve to have a loving and supportive family.

29. You deserve to love yourself.

30. You deserve to see nothing but good in other people.

31. You deserve to be surrounded by light, not darkness.

32. You deserve to look in the mirror and feel proud of what you see.

33. You deserve to feel like you matter.

34. You deserve to overcome all your hardships and problems.

35. You deserve to be someone people can look up to.

36. You deserve to be a good parent.

37. You deserve to have children that will always respect you.

38. You deserve to have a beautiful pregnancy experience.

39. You deserve to marry a faithful spouse.

40. You deserve to be a great supportive wife.

41. You deserve to be a great supportive husband.

42. You deserve to be someone your family can always rely on.

43. You deserve to have everything under control.

44. You deserve to live your life stress free.

45. You deserve to overcome your depression that keeps drowning you.

46. You deserve to overcome your horrible anxiety.

47. You deserve to have blessings fill your life.

48. You deserve to wake up everyday and feel like your life is a happy miracle.

49. You deserve loyalty, royalty and respect.

50. You deserve so much but you don’t understand it.

51. You deserve to sleep in all positions without feeling like your back hurts.

52. You deserve to not have anything constantly worry you.

53. You deserve to think positively at all times.

54. You deserve to be surrounded by positivity in a world full of negativity.

55. You deserve to go shopping whenever you want to go.

56. You deserve to be financially stable enough to buy whatever you want.

57. You deserve to buy all the latest makeup and fashion trends.

58. You deserve to be a girly girl without feeling shameful about it.

59. You deserve to feel like a strong and powerful man.

60. You deserve to have authority over your own life.

61. You deserve to be the CEO of your own life.

62. You deserve to build and live in your own comfortable home.

63. You deserve to live a luxury lifestyle.

64. You deserve amazing health.

65. You deserve to see a medical report which tells you that you’re healthy.

66. You deserve to be a mentally, emotionally and physically healthy person.

67. You deserve to make mistakes and learn from them.

68. You deserve to feel and be told that you matter, no matter what.

69. You deserve to overcome your struggles.

70. You deserve to let go of your fears and be stronger than them.

71. You deserve to prove your haters wrong.

72. You deserve to succeed through all the problems.

73. You deserve to enjoy the little things.

74. You deserve all the fine things in life.

75. You deserve to ask God for forgiveness.

76. You deserve to sleep peacefully.

77. You deserve to have a healthy timetable.

78. You deserve to have a consistent sleeping pattern.

79. You deserve to get enough sleep to conquer the next day with great energy.

80. You deserve to be in good spirits at all times.

81. You deserve to have friends that bring joy into your life.

82. You deserve to go on adventures where you can make special memories.

83. You deserve to have escape vacations and come back feeling refreshed.

84. You deserve to travel around the world and gain rich experiences.

85. You deserve to be a better person than you ever were before.

86. You deserve to get out of your comfort zone and live life fully.

87. You deserve to become more smarter and intelligent.

88. You deserve to live a very very very long and prosperous life.

89. You deserve to cry, but only out of happiness.

90. You deserve to receive warm hugs that make you feel safe.

91. You deserve to feel safe in such a dangerous world.

92. You deserve to heal from all the bad things you have been through in life.

93. You deserve to see the light where you keep seeing darkness.

94. You deserve to make reality so much better than your dreams.

95. You deserve to know that your past doesn’t define you.

96. You deserve to be looked after and cared for on your weakest days.

97. You deserve to speak your emotions without feeling guilty about it.

98. You deserve to have a voice without feeling small.

99. You deserve to constantly have something great to look forward to.

100. You deserve a life that excites you and makes you want to actually live.

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What other things do you deserve that you can add to this list? Please leave a comment below, I would love to know your thoughts 🙂

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100 Deep Quotes And Sayings About Depression That Everyone Should Know (Part 7)

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69. Depression is anger turned inward.

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70. What do you want to do with your life, then? is often the question I'm asked. To be honest, I don't know. I really don't.

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71. The sun stopped shining for me is all.

72. Do you know that feeling? When everything you do seems like a struggle. Where you dont wanna leave the house because you know everyone is judging you. Where you cant even ask for directions in fear that they criticise you. Where everyone always seems to be picking out your flaws. That feeling where you feel so damn sick for no reason. Do you know that feeling where you look in the mirror and completely hate what you see. When you grab handfuls and handfuls of fat and just want to cut it all off. That feeling when you see other beautiful girls and just wish you looked like them.

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73. What people never understand is that depression isn't about the outside; it's about the inside. Something inside me is wrong. Sure, there are things in my life that make me feel alone, but nothing makes me feel more isolated and terrified than my own voice inside my head.

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74. No reason to feel depressed about being depressed. A depression can be a golden opportunity to collect the pieces and build ourselves anew.

75. Isolation and loneliness are central causes of depression and despair.

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76. Sometimes, all you can do is lie in bed, and hope to fall asleep before you fall apart.

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77. Pain is always emotional. Fear and depression keep constant company with chronic hurting.

78. I never knew it was possible to be so miserable in so many ways.

79. I wanted a heaven. And I grew up striving for that world -- an eternal world- that would wash away my temporary misery.

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81. If you take action while you are made, you will always make the wrong decision.

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