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500 Words You Should Know (Part 3)




This isn’t a million miles from meticulous, but tends to apply more to a careful observer of etiquette: a man in a costume drama might kiss a lady’s hand punctiliously, not because he wanted to but because it was the correct thing to do. The rarely used word punctilio refers specifically to small points of etiquette – and indeed comes from the Italian for a ‘small point’. Punctual, which originally meant being precise in every point (the punctual performance of his duties) before it narrowed down to ‘turning up precisely on time’; puncture (caused by a small point or prick); and punctuation (making little marks on a page) all come from a similar pointy source.

32. Pundit

From the Hindi for a learned man, this word has been much debased and is now most often used of retired sports stars who earn a living analysing televised matches. There are also political pundits, stock-market pundits, racing pundits and pundits on almost any other subject where so-called expertise can fill television time or newspaper column inches. I’ve classed it as a term of respect, because that is how it started, but in today’s parlance it is borderline for a term of mild contempt.

33. Redoubtable

The redoubtable Mrs Thatcher, people said during her premiership; today they might apply the same adjective to Mrs Clinton or Mrs Merkel. It means formidable, deserving of a great deal of respect and taking no nonsense from anyone. A redoubtable person is often a woman, but doesn’t have to be: you could have a redoubtable opponent (of either sex) in a tennis tournament or a redoubtable agent (likewise) negotiating a contract on your behalf. In the tennis match you’d have to be at your best; with the agent you could relax, confident that you would be getting a good deal.

34. Rubensesque

The Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rebens (1577-1640) was renowned for – among many other talents – painting scantily dressed women who were a good 15 kilos heavier than they might have been had he been painting famous beauties today. The adjective derived from his name, therefore, is used to describe a full, well-rounded female form, or specific parts of it: a Rubensesque bosom or Rubensesque hips.

35. Sapient

Wise, knowing, referring to some sort of innate understanding rather than acquired learning: a sapient remark reveals an insight into human nature that makes it quite different from an erudite one. Modern use tends to be either self-consciously literary or ironic: ‘He looked at me with a sapient eye’ suggests that he knew I was going to get myself into trouble.

36. Sonorous

At its most basic, this means making or capable of making a sound, but it is normally used to describe that sound – deep and imposing, like the ring of a heavy bell or the rich, many-layered voices of actors such as James Earl Jones and Christopher Lee.

37. Urbane

There was a time when living in a city meant you were highly cultured, while living in the country suggested you were unsophisticated, probably rough and ready in your manners and possibly stupid as well. This prejudice lives on in urbane, which means charming, courteous, suave, elegant of manner. It is almost always applied to a man.

38. Versatile

Able to turn your hand to anything, adaptable. The British comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore once admiringly described chameleons as versatile creatures: they could ‘take on the shape and colour of anything they like’ so effectively that an acquaintance of Pete and Dud’s had nearly married one. Sportspeople and other performers can also be versatile – a soccer player may be equally happy as a defender or in the midfield; an actor at home in both comedy and tragedy. The Swiss army knife is a versatile tool, as is a food processor with a number of attachments. In fact, this is a versatile word.

39. Virtuoso

The Italian for learned or skilful, this usually describes a musician who is not only talented but has superb technique: ‘Paganini was one of the greatest virtuoso violinists of all time.’ It might also apply to a demanding piece of music, as in a virtuoso clarinet solo, which would allow the clarinettist to display his virtuosity. Virtuoso may also be a noun (‘Paganini was a great virtuoso’), with the plural virtuosi.

40. Vivacious

As urbane is more often applied to a man, so vivaciousness or vivacity tends to be a characteristic of young women. Vivacious means lively, high spirited, and can be used to describe a person, their personality or other attributes, such as a vivacious smile or a vivacious wave of the hand. In small doses it’s an endearing characteristic, but if you come across someone who is relentlessly vivacious you may find that a little of her company goes quite a long way.

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500 Words You Should Know (Part 7)




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




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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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)




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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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