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WEEK 4

Day 5
Bouillon & Bullion Bouillon is a thin, clear soup; usually of beef: At The bouillon served at the party was the best I have ever had. Bullion, on the other hand, is gold or silver in bars or plates, but not in coin formats: Banks store large quantities of bullion Breach & Breech Breach is an opening made by breaking down something solid; such as, a gap made in a wall or fortification: There was a breach in several places of the levee due to the floods. It also refers to a breaking or the neglect (of a law, a trust, etc.); an infraction or infringement: For the guard to leave now would be a breach of duty. Breech refers to the lower rear portion of the human trunk; the behind, posterior; hind part: A breech is an old-fashioned word for the backside of the body. It also refers to opening in the rear of the barrel of a gun where bullets can be loaded Bridal & Bridle Bridal means referring to a bride or a wedding: Ritu Kumar is the best designer of bridal gowns. Bridle, on the other hand, refers to the head harness, including bit and reins used to guide or to restrain a horse. By extension, it also means the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess: his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper

Day 4
Bogey & Bogy Bogey is a golfing term. It means one stroke over par in a game of golf: Tiger Woods claimed a bogey over his closest competition. Bogy, bogey, bogie, on the other hand, refer to a goblin; an evil spirit: The children huddled in their beds after listening to stories about a bogy. Remember: Bogey can be sued for both the meanings but Bogy/bogie carry only one meaning. Bolder & Boulder Bolder means more daring and resistant: If you want to be noticed, perhaps you need to be a little bolder. Boulder, on the other hand, refers to a very large stone or rounded piece of rock: The road to the Himalayas is blocked all the way with huge boulders.

Borough, Burro & Burrow Borough refers to a village or a political division of a city or an incorporated town or municipality, which is smaller than a city which may be perceived as part of a larger metropolitan area: In the metropolis of Mumbai, Bandra is a borough where many people live. Burro is a small donkey often used as a pack animal: Burros are used to carry equipment over the mountains. Last but not the least, burrow refers to a small hole made in the ground as by a rabbit for habitation and refuge. It also refers to make a tunnel by digging either by hand or with machinery: The engineers used a large bore to burrow through the hillside while building the railroad.

Day 3
Biannual, Biennial & Perennial Biannual means occurring twice a year; semiannual: The Ladakh festival takes place on a biannual basis, once in February and then in August. Biennial means ccurring every two years: Electing for the seat of mayor occurs on a biennial basis. Perennial means persistent over a period of several years; continuing without interruption: The rains have been perennial in this part of the country over the last few years. Bidding & Biding Bidding means to offer to pay a particular amount of money for something that is being sold: He plans to stop bidding on his house by making a counter offer. Biding means waiting for the right time before doing something: He is biding his time so that he can enter the bidding process at the right time and stop bidding on his house by making a counter offer. Bisect & Dissect Bisect means to cut or to divide into two parts; especially, two equal parts: The lines on the group served to bisect the property into two sections between the two brothers. Dissect means to separate into sections for close scientific analysis or interpretation: The students in the biology class had the task of dissecting insects as their holiday homework.

Day 2
Benediction & Malediction Benediction means an invocation of divine blessing, usually at the end of a church service: The priest issued forth a prayer of benediction. It is also used for an expression of good wishes; something that encourages goodness or well being: At the conclusion of the marriage ceremony, the parents of the groom spoke a small

benediction, wishing the couple a safe and happy life. Malediction, on the other hand, is the calling down of a curse or an expression of slander: The old hag uttered a malediction against her neighbors. Benevolence & Malevolence Like the words above, one of these words is bad one and the other is a good one. Benevolence means an inclination to perform kind, charitable acts: Mother Teresas benevolence is known all over the world. Malevolence means having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious: Politicians generally display malevolence towards their opponents. Beseech & Besiege Beseech is to beg or request in an urgent and anxious manner: Falling to his knees, the rapist cried, Please, judge, I beseech you to let me go. Besiege , on the other hand, means to worry, harass, distress, or to present a request: The city residents sought to besiege the mayor to repair the roads before winter.

Day 1
Bastille & Bastion bastille , with a non-capitalized B, means a prison or jail: All bastilles in Sudan have been ordered to be closed. When the B is capitalized in Bastille, it refers to a fortress in Paris, built in the 14th century: a prison until its destruction in 1789, at the beginning of the French Revolution. Bastion, on the other hand, means a fortified area or stronghold, frequently implying a rampart or irregular fortification surrounding the base of a structure: Fortress build in the 18th century India were bastions o safety. It also means an institution serving as an example of strength: Warren Buffet is considered a bastion of respectability in the world of shares and trading. Beatify & Beautify One meaning of beatify (with respect to the Roman Catholic Church) is to proclaim (a deceased person) to be one of the blessed and thus worthy of public religious veneration in a particular region or religious congregation: The Pope will beatify her after more than a hundred years since her death. Another meaning of beatify is to make happy; to bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment: She was blessed with spirits that beatify ones life. Beautify, on the other hand, means enhance, adorn, dress up; to make or to become beautiful. Planting trees along the streets will help to beautify our town. Beetle & Betel

Beetle is a type of insect with wings that form a hard cover on its back when it is not flying. See it here. It is also a heavy mallet with a large wooden head used to mash potatoes or to hammer cobblestones into place. This is how it looks. Last but not the least, beetle also refers to anything that is jutting; overhanging: This huge rock beetles over the edge of the town Betel, on the other hand, refers to a climbing pepper plant producing leaves which Asians chew (in hind, we call it pan ka patta).

WEEK 3

Barbel & Barbell This is a rather interesting one we discovered browsing usage dictionaries. Barbel is a one of the slender, whiskerlike tactile organs extending from the head of certain fishes, such as catfishes. Still confused what it is? Have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbel_%28anatomy%29 Barbell is something most men use at least once in their life. It a metal bar with weights at each end that is used for exercise and in weight lifting: Barbells are used in gym, and at times at home, to punish ones lover. The school athlete excelled in the use of the barbell; in addition, he had a large rare fish collection at home, and one of these fish had a barbell hanging from its mouth. Baron & Barren Baron is a term that was primarily used in Europe to describe wealthy men and men of honor. With reference to British nobility, it is used to refer to lord or nobleman; a peer who is a member of the lowest rank of British nobility: Barons wish to become Lords: promotions always matter. A meaning which draws from the above meaning, baron is also used to refer to a person with great power, wealth, and influence in some sphere: Because of Reliance Industries strong hold on the oil market, Mukesh Ambani is considered the oil baron of India. Barren, on the other hands, means producing no offspring, childless: It is also used to describe landscapes and refers to lands lacking vegetation, as barren fields; unproductive, unfruitful, depleted: Barren farms spell doom for farmers. Bastard & Dastard Bastard and Dastard are rather interesting words. All of us must have used at least one of these words. Bastard is a curse word which means someone whose parents were not married to each other when he or she was born; in other words, an illegitimate child. An extension of this meaning is

the figurative usage of bastard , it is used to refer to something that is of irregular, inferior, or of dubious origin; impure, irregular, inferior: It was a bastard style of painting that completely turned off the entire gathering. Dastard, on the hand, is an adjective which refers to a sneaking & malicious type of coward: Money can buy almost everything but it buy you good-heartedness, a dastard would always remain one.

Day 6
Bait & Bate Bait means food or other enticement placed, as a lure, on a hook, or in a trap: Fishermen need to offer bait to capture fish. Another meaning of bait is to torment with persistent insult or ridicule: It is almost a rule of every country to bait its minorities. Bate on the other hand means to decrease, to lesson the force or intensity of, to moderate: He bated his breath when talking about this affair. Bald & Bawled Bald means having no hair on the head; bald-headed, bald-pated, hairless, smooth: Bald men need toupees. As an extension of its physical meaning, bald also means open, bare, undisguised: To put in bald terms, India and Pakistan can never be friends. Bawled is the past tense of bawl (cried loudly); cried, wailed, weeped: The babaies bawled for a long time. Bawled basically means cried out noisily or saying something loudly The captain bawled out to his players to get into position. Ballad, Ballet & Ballot Ballad is a narrative poem or a narrative verse: The French are famous for their ballads. Ballet refers to an intricate group dance with pantomime that tells a story: The famous ballet was attended by hundreds of guess. Ballot, on the other hand, is an act or method of voting; a ticket, a list of candidates to be voted on: Ballot boxes are often rigged in elections.

Day 5
Awful & Offal Awful means dreadful, bad, terrible: What awful weather! Offal, on the other hand, consists of ythe waste parts of butchered animals, carrion, carcass; such as, entrails: The hunters took the meat and left the offal for the buzzards. Babble, Babel & Bauble

Babble means to talk rapidly or at length about things that seem irrelevant or foolish; to jabber or to prattle: The salesman kept going on with his babble until we shut the door in his face. Babel, on the other hand, means tumult, confusion, bedlam, clamor: The political convention became a babel of conflicting opinions. The term Babel comes from the Biblical Tower of Babel, the tower which according to Genesis 11:4-9 was started by the descendants of Noah to reach heaven but it was abandoned when God confused the language of the builders into many mutually incomprehensible languages. The city of Babel in Shinar is now thought to be Babylon. Bauble is a trinket, ornament, usually cheap, or an inexpensive piece of jewelry: She wore the red bauble that she obtained when she visited the gypsys tent at the fair. Bail & Bale Bail is a bond, a surety: The accused are being held on $10,000 bail. We often hear this word, dont we? Bale, on the other hand, is a large amount of material; such as, hay, wood, paper, cotton, etc. which is pressed together tightly and often tied or wrapped: The farmer loaded the big bale of hay on to the truck. Bale has another meaning: that which causes ruin or sorrow: She was suffering the bale of woe and torment in her mental anguish. Usage example for all the meanings: When he dropped a bale of cotton on his foot, it caused the bale of his career as an athlete. So, he got a job with a small legal organization and got used to the life of filling out bail applications for other.

Day 4
Avenge & Revenge Avenge is the act of doing something to hurt another person in the sense of achieving justice because that party caused harm to someone; to repay: Sam wants to avenge and to punish the person who caused his mothers injuries. / Salman planned to avenge his brothers death by burning the murderers house down. Revenge, on the other hand, usually stresses reprisal for the person wronged or offended; to pay back: He still plans to revenge the injury done to him by getting even. It is an action taken in return for an injury or harmful offense: They humiliated me, but I will get my revenge. Aver, Avert & Evert Aver is to affirm positively; to declare, to proclaim: Yes, the witness did aver that he had seen the suspect at the scene of the crime. Avert is to turn aside, to turn away: She had to avert her head so we could not see her face. It also means to prevent, to turn away: The quick arrival of fire-fighters would avert a major forest fire. Evert, on the other hand, means to turn outward or inside out, as any saclike object: The doctor had to evert her eyelid so he could remove the irritating grain of sand.

Avocation & Vocation Avocation is an activity taken up in addition to ones regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby: Her favorite avocation is reading. Vocation is a regular occupation, especially one for which a person is particularly suited or qualified: Im a carpenter by vocation, but my avocation is painting.

Day 3
Auger & Augur Auger is a tool for boring holes into wood, leather, etc.: He used an auger to make holes in the shoes for the shoelaces. Augur means to foretell, predict, forewarn: Dark clouds augur the coming of the thunderstorm. Augur is also used to refer to a prophet, a prognosticator, an oracle: An ancient Roman augur told Julius Caesar to Beware the Ides of March. Aureole & Oriole Aureole means a circle of light or radiance surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo: The picture of the Buddha in the stained glass has a beautiful aureole surrounding the head. Oriole, on the other hand, is a tropical songbird; the male is usually bright orange and black: During her travels in the Ranthambore sanctuary, she saw a beautiful oriole flitting through the trees. Auricle & Oracle Auricle means an ear or ear-shaped appendage or part : Many animals, including humans, have a dual auricle for hearing. Auricle is also a part of heart (something we studied in school). It is an ear-shaped muscular part that sticks out from the surface of each upper chamber atrium of the heart. Oracle, on the other hand, is a person; such as, a priestess, through whom a god was believed to speak: Some people from the past would go to a shrine so they could consult an oracle. Oracles are also regarded as symbols of knowledge and their advice are highly valued: I knew him long before he became the oracle of philosophy.

Day 2
Arrant & Errant Arrant is used to emphasize that someone or something is an extreme example of that which is unacceptable: This is arrant nonsense! Errant, on the other hand, means roving or wandering; especially, in search of adventure: We were reading about an errant traveler.

It also means straying from the proper course or correct standard: She could no longer tolerate her errant husband. Assure, Ensure & Insure Assure means to promise or to guarantee: The mayor assured the city residents that justice will be done and all the eve-teasers will be put behind bars. Assure also means to make something certain: Winning the literary award should assure her publisher that the novel will be a success. Ensure means to make sure or certain that something will take place: We took steps to ensure the safety of the cricketers on the Pakistan tour. It also means to make safe or secure: The government took steps to ensure the people that they would be safe from tyranny and terrorism.Insure, on the other hand, means to buy insurance for something; such as, property or health: They want to insure their house and car against fire and flood damage. In the general sense, insure means to take steps or precautions for the safety of a situation; often done in an anticipatory or precautionary manner: She bought a bag of sand for the sidewalk before the major storm to insure she was prepared for any icy conditions. If we have a close look at the three words, we observe that all of them include the meaning to make secure or certain. The use of assure refers to a person as in the sense of to set the mind at ease; as she wanted to assure her employer that she was ready to handle the new assignment. A person can ensure that there will be prompt deliver of an item while insure is the only proper verb to use when someone means to protect against loss. So, although ensure and insure can be interchangeable in some situations, insure is normally used in the sense of to guarantee people or property against the risk of physical harm, damage, or loss as when people have health insurance, property insurance, etc. Assay & Essay We all know what essay means but what does ASSAY mean? Assay means any examination or testing: The officials will assay the votes to determine the final results of the election.

Day 1
Apiary & Aviary Apiary is a place for bees: The farmer had an apiary for his bees so they could produce honey. Aviary is a place for birds; such as, a cage, house, or enclosure: She kept several birds in her aviary. Apposite & Opposite

Apposite means especially well suited to the circumstances; strikingly appropriate and relevant: Politicians need to be careful of their press interviews and make sure that they only give apposite answers. Opposite means placed or located directly across from something else or from each other: The two houses are on opposite sides of the street. Appraise & Apprise Appraise means to place a value on; to judge the worth of something: The agent wanted to appraise the house at $100,000 for tax purposes. Apprise means to inform or to give notice to someone about something; to notify: Police should apprise an arrested person of his/her right to remain silent and to be represented by a lawyer.

WEEK 2

Amiable & Amicable Amiable means friendly and agreeable in disposition; good-natured and likable: Amiable roommates make for good company. Amicable means characterized by or exhibiting friendliness or goodwill; peaceable, agreeable: Disputes are best resolved amicably, else they continue to linger on forever. Keep in mind: Amiable is more often used to describe people and amicable to describe actions, gestures, etc. Amity & Enmity Amity and enmity are almost antonyms of one another. Amity mean a feeling of friendship: Amity between neighbors is important for a peaceful life. Enmity is a very deep unfriendly feeling: Enmity between children of the same family can wreck a family. Amoral & Immoral Amoral means neither moral nor immoral; that is, not showing concern for what is right or wrong in human behavior: Amoral men are generally self centered and not concerned with what is happening in this world. Remember, amoral individuals do not care about right and wrong. Immoral, on the other hand, means contrary to established social principles; corrupt, evil, wrong: Selling banned drugs to anyone is not only an illegal activity but also an immoral one.

Day 6

Allusion, Delusion, Elusion & Illusion Well, the confusion is not between one, two or three words today but four words. Lets start with the first word, allusion. Allusion is an indirect reference to something; a hint: Her remarks about her boss made an allusion to the fact that did not like him. Remember, an allusion is not a direct reference but in fact an indirect reference to something that the speaker has on his mind. Delusion is a false idea, belief, or opinion that is contrary to fact or reality, resulting from deception or a misconception: He labored under the delusion that he was the greatest fiction writer ever. Delusion also refers to a mental disorder; a false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence; especially, as a mental disorder: He had a delusional side to him, and often thought how the whole world was against him. Elusion is to escape with the help of deception: Thieves always work on the premise of being able to create an effective illusion and being able to escape capture. Illusion is a deception; a false, although often pleasant, notion; a misconception: A persons illusion of youth ultimately fades with maturity. Altar & Alter Altar is a place of worship; a stand or platform in a place of worship: The preist placed the Bible on the altar as he read passages to the congregation. Alters are generally present in churches and these are the places where couples take their vows. Alter means to change, transform, make different, modify: Tailors alters dresses. Alternate & Alternative Alternate means occurring by turns; succeeding each other, take turns, change (verb): He and his wife alternate turns for cleaning the house. It also means one and then the other; every other, successive: Each of the two brothers works in the shop on alternate Sundays. / The shirt had alternate red and white stripes. The third meaning for alternate is standby, backup, understudy (noun): Military bosses always keep an alternate plan in mind while planning an operation. alternative implies a choice between two or among more than two things; something remaining to be chosen; an option: Is there an alternative to going? If he wants to get to Mumbai by tonight, he has no alternative but to go by plane. Keep in mind the distinction between the two words: alternate implies the taking of turns, while alternative implies a choice.

Day 5
All together & Altogether All together means everyone in a group: We found the Guptas all together in the living room. Altogether, on the other hands, means to the whole extent; completely; entirely: The factory was altogether destroyed by fire., We were not altogether pleased by the outcome of the

election. Usage example that uses these 2 words: The golf club factory was destroyed altogether in the fire but the owner declared that the golf clubs were all together in a safe place. Allay, Alley & Ally Allay means to make something less severe or strong: Balms can allay pains in the body. Alley refers to a passageway, a narrow thoroughfare, narrow back street: There was a busy street in front of the house and an alley behind it. Ally refers to associate, partner, friend; collaborator: The United States was an ally of Great Britain in two world wars. All ways & Always All ways means every existing possibility, every method: They explored all ways to cheat. Always, on the other hands, means every time, on every occasion, regularly, consistently: They always cheat.

Day 4
Alimentary & Elementary Alimentary is a word connected with our alimentary canal. It means connected with food, nutrition. For example: The surgeon removed an obstruction in Hiteshs alimentary canal. Elementary, on the other hand, means connected with rudiments, fundamentals. For example: Kids are required to start elementary school at the age of 3. Usage example that uses these 2 words: It was at elementary school that I learned first about the fact that we have an alimentary canal. All mighty & Almighty All mighty, is used in the sense of slang, when all of those in a group are in agreement, or disagreement, about something: Were all mighty glad to see you. Almighty, on the other hand, means having absolute power; all-powerful. God is referred to as the almighty. Usage example that uses these 2 words: The priest shouted that we were all mighty glad to know the power of the almighty presence of the Lord. All ready & Already All ready means all is ready, that is everyone or everything is prepared; quite ready in every particular; completely ready: I was all ready to start my trip to the Himalayas. Already, on the other hand, carries some different meanings: 1. By this time; soon: Are you finished with your work already? 2. Before this time: We arrived at noon but you had already gone.

Usage example that uses these 2 words: I was all ready to go on my trip, but when I went to the bus station, I found out that the bus had already gone and so I had to wait two hours for the next one.

Day 3
Ail & Ale A trivial definition for ail: it means we are ailing. Ail means to feel sick, be ill or have pain. In other words, to suffer from an ailment: This medicine is good for whatever may ail you. Ale, on other hand, is an altogether different ball game. It refers to a bitter beer (we all know what beer is, dont we) Usage example that uses these 2 words: If you drink too much ale, you will ail for sure. Ere & Err Ere means to be prior to; before in time: My last wish is to see my son ere I die. This is a literary term of past and not much in use these days. Err, on the other hand, means to make a mistake, slip up, miscalculate: To err once in ones judgement is human but to err again on the same issue is stupidity. Aisle & Isle Aisle is a passageway or corridor; for example: a narrow aisle between two rows of seats; a path way: The aisle was crammed with people., brides walk down the aisle in the church when they are getting married. Isle, on other hand, is a very small island, an islet: only the super rich can afford private isles of their own. Usage example that uses these 2 words: After walking down the aisle, the bride and the groom left for their honeymoon on the isle.

Day 2
Affluent & Effluent Affluent applies to people who have large incomes, usually incomes spent freely. For example: The rich and affluent in society can almost afford anything. Effluents are liquids; such as sewage or industrial chemicals, that are released as waste: The textile industry has been accused of discharging effluents into the Ganges river. Agnostic & Atheist An agnostic is someone who believes that there can be no proof of the existence of God, but does not deny the possibility that God exists: I am confused whether is a god or not, what does that make me: an agnostic? An atheist, on the other hand, is a disbeliever, denier of Gods existence: Science and science

alone is the true moving force of life, there is no god, there are the views of my brother who is an atheist. Aid & Aide This is a simple one. Aid is to help, assist, give a helping hand: United nations is an organization that provides aid to the poor. Aide, on the other hand, is an assistant or an adjutant: In order to run a bug organization, owners require trusted aides.

Day 1
Advice & Advise These two common confusable are actually pretty common. Advice means: 1. A recommended opinion; counsel: Since this is a medical matter, get a docters advice. 2. Formal or official information about something; intelligence, news, report: Advice from embassy indicates that we should leave before the war starts. REMEMBER: Advice is a noun! Advise means: 1. To offer an opinion or a course of action; to counsel; to recommend: I advise you to take a divorce from your nagging wife. 2. To inform, tell, notify, make known: The weather report for today did advise us that a trip up the Himalayas could be risky. REMEMBER: Advise is a verb! Do not forget this basic difference between these two words. Usage example that uses both these words: I advise you to take her advice. I advise you to take his advice and increase communication skills. Affect & Effect In general, affect functions in a sentence as a verb. The meaning for which it is used are: 1. To influence, to act on, to modify, to pertain to: The rain will affect our plans for a picnic. 2. To pretend, to feign: She is from New Delhi, but she just had to affect a New York accent. The one use of affect as a noun is as follows: A feeling, an emotion: The affect of her speech was to cause anger and great dissension. In general, effect functions in a sentence as a noun. 1. A result, a change; usually; a consequence: The miners felt the effect of the bad working conditions on their bodies for years. 2. Actuality, fact, reality: In effect, her comment ended any chances of reconciliation. 3. Influence, power, force: The plea for clemency had no effect on the President and she ordered that Kasab be hanged.

The one of effect as verb is as follows: to produce, to accomplish, to bring about: Do you think a new dressing style will effect a change in my fortunes? Usage example that uses both these words: The affect of the swinging ball did not effect his hitting a six. Aerie, Airy & Eerie Aerie means the nest of an eagle, or other bird, of prey which is constructed in a high place: He was able to see the Eagles aerie on the side of the mountain. Airy, a derivative of air, means well-ventilated: The house and all its rooms were large and airy. It also means to go about in jaunty or lively fashion: The children hopped around in an airy way. / The band is famous for its airy tunes. It also refers to something imaginary, fanciful, dreamy, unrealistic. For example: Nayanas head was full of airy ideas. Last but not the least, eerie means so strange as to inspire a feeling of fear; uneasy because of superstitious fear; ominous, ghostly, spooky. For example: Graveyards can give anyone an eerie feeling. Usage example that uses these 3 words: Seeing the aerie of the eagle in the airy forest gave me an eerie feeling.

WEEK 1 DAY 7 Adduce & Deduce Adduce means to offer as a reason in support of an argument; cite as pertinent, conclusive, or persuasive. For example: The speaker decided to adduce illustrations from real life on the subject of faith and religion., We are not in a position to adduce forcible proofs for our argument/ Deduce, on the other hand, means to reach a conclusion by reasoning. For example: The police officer was able to deduce that the criminal was a man. Usage example that uses both these words: Because the lawyer was able to adduce an explanation for the theft, the judge was able to deduce who was responsible.

Adjoin & Adjourn Adjoin means to be next to; to be in contact with. For example: Yes, it is true that our house adjoins theirs. Adjourn, on the other hand, means to put off or to suspend until a future time. For example: The judge adjourned the case till next week A 2nd meaning for adjourn is Move, depart for. For example: Having finished dinner, they decided to adjourn to the living room. Usage example that uses both these words: We decided to adjourn our meetings for the day so we could go for lunch in the restaurant in the building which adjoined our meeting place. Adverse & Averse Adverse means opposed to, hostile to; unfavorable, contrary/ For example: People generally do not welcome adverse comments for their works. Averse means disliking; unwilling; having a feeling of great distaste or an inclination against something or someone. For example: My father is always averse to the idea of spending money. Usage example that uses both these words: The adverse publicity that a performer receives before his show leads to a condition where he is averse to performing.

Day 6
Acetic, Ascetic & Aesthetic/esthetic These similar sounding words have a few subtle differences between them. Carefully observe them. Acetic means sour, acerbic. For example, lemons are acetic by taste. Or food kept for too long in the refrigerator goes acetic (sour). Ascetic, on the other hand, refers to hermits and sages, one who have given up worldly pleasures and live a life of austerity. Ascetic means a life of rigorous self-discipline and self-denial; an abstainer: Yogis in the Himalayas leas an ascetic life. Aesthetic or esthetic deals with an all together different subject: beauty. Aesthetic/esthetic means characterized by a heightened sensitivity to beauty. For example: While buying a house, one should keep the aesthetic elements of design in mind. (Aesthetic and esthetic mean the same). Acuity, Acumen & Acute Lets place these are three acu- word under our observation lens. Acuity means sharpness of vision; the visual ability to resolve fine detail. For example: A person who is tired will have an impaired visual acuity. Another meaning of acuity, which is related to acute, is that it refers to a quick and penetrating intelligence. For example: Gandhi was a man of great political acuity. Acumen, on the other hand, refers to mental sharpness, intelligence, sagacity. For example: Einstein was a man with the greatest possible acumen.

Last but not the least, acute carries a few different meanings. One of those is the one that is often referred o in geometry. It means having a sharp point: Angles of less than 90 degrees are called acute angles. The 2nd meaning of acute is extremely severe and sharp; as an acute pain. The 3rd meaning of acute is keenly perceptive or discerning, ingenious: Einstein is said to have been a man of uncommonly acute intelligence. A usage for all of the above words: Samantha natural acumen in science suggested she had an acute sense of smell and a good visual acuity. Adapt, Adept & Adopt Adapt is to make suitable by changing or adjusting or conforming to the situation. For example, man needs to constantly adapt to the changing dictates of nature. Adept is a word that deals with skill and proficiency. If one is adept at handling something, then it means one is skilful and efficient in the given task. Adopt means to choose as ones own child or to take up and use as ones own. For example: Many couples who cannot conceive a child of their own adopt children. A usage for all of the above: Manish provide to a very adept businessman when he realized he had to adapt to new business challenges, especially when the telecom industry was told to adopt new government regulations.

Day 5
Access, assess & excess You need access you something when you need to assess it. For example, if you need to assess the locker of a rich man, you need to access it. Access is a way of approach, a method or reaching or entry. Assess is to set an estimated value on property, etc. for taxation; estimate, appraise: Income tax officials asses the properties of rich men. Excess, on the other hand, means when something surpasses a limit or is surplus. For example: The excess liquor he had at the party meant that he had a bad hangover the next day. Accidental & Incidental Accidental is something that happens by chance but is not essential. It is basically unplanned or unintentional: My meeting with my ex-girlfriend was purely accidental. Incidental is something happening as a result or in connection with something more important; unexpected: The incidental costs of repairs for the car added up to much more than expected. Acclamation & Acclimation Acclamation is loud applause or shout of approval: Sachin always receives an acclamation from the crowd. Acclimation, on the other hand, to be accustomed to a different climate, environment, situation, or circumstance: Acclimation to a new work environment takes times.

Day 4
Abridged & Unabridged Abridged means to shorten, to decrease, condense or digest. For example: The book was abridged to a more readable length. Whereas, Unabridged means the opposite entire, in full, not shortened, complete. For example: It is hard to find unabridged versions of classics these days. Accelerate & Exhilarate Accelerate means to make anything in motion move faster. We accelerate our cars or bikes, dont we? Exhilarate, on the other hand, means to cause someone to feel very happy and excited: When we came to know that we had become grandparents, we were exhilarated. When one accelerates ones bike, the rush of air gushing past ones visage does exhilarate for sure. Accent, Ascent & Assent These are three words with a very similar sound to them but with vastly different meanings. Accent is what we encounter in the speech of a lot of people, and it can be very irritating at times. Its dictionary definition is: 1. A stress on a syllable to aid in the pronunciation of words; a stress, an emphasis: The word woman has its accent on the first syllable. 2. Pronunciation, enunciation, or modulation of speech: He speaks with a British accent. 3. A hint, touch, detail: The hall was painted white with just a slightly blue accent. Ascent represents a rise, a climb up the stairs (metaphorical or physical) if you wish to label it that ways. For example: The manager made a careful ascent up to the roof of the building., The ascent to the top of the mountain was difficult. It is also used a symbol for advancement or progress: He has made a amazing ascent form a sales boy to manager of the store within the last 3 years Last but not the least, assent means to comply or to agree to something; to consent: The assent of the boss is required before starting out any new venture.

Day 3
Abdication & Addiction These two words represent two different streams of thoughts basically. Abdication is a formal resignation and renunciation of powers; such as, a high office, a throne, or an authority; a form of resignation. For example, The mayor decided to abdicate his post and start with a business venture of his own.

Addiction, on the other hand, is something we all know about. It is the dependence and craving for certain substances, such as drugs and alcohol. It would make sense to abdicate ones addiction, wouldnt it? Ability & Capacity In terms of dictionary definitions, the word s carry the following meanings: Ability: The power, gift, or competence to do or to act physically, mentally, legally, financially, etc.: Sachin is a cricketer with remarkable ability to play long innings. Capacity: Capacity is defined as: 1. Amount of room or space inside; largest amount that can be held by a container: The car has petrol tank with a capacity of 20 Ltrs. 2. Capable of learning or doing; power or fitness: Children always have a great capacity for learning. The above are the dictionary definition for the two words but what is the actual difference between the two? Ability is what you can do presently, the skills and potential that you have right now. But capacity on the other hand represents the potential of something. For example, the human brain has the capacity to store information, so all people have the capacity to learn, but not all of us learn successfully to acquire the knowledge required for something. The ones who do have the ability to do so. Ablution & Absolution Ablution refers to a washing of ones body; washing, bathing, cleaning, bath, lavation: Because of the heat, he felt the need for a daily ablution. It also refers to a washing or cleansing as a religious ceremony of purification; ceremonial washing, ritualistic washing: After his ablution in the river Ganga, the mystic continued on his journey to the Himalayas. Absolution, on the other hands, represents a freeing from sin, guilt, or blame; or a declaration that frees a person from guilt or punishment for sin. Priest have the power of absolution and can forgive others of their sins. Remember: Many take an ABLUTION in the river Ganges so that they can attain ABSOLUTION.

Day 2
Abysmal & Abyssal These are two words with a remarkable similarity in their pronunciation and spelling. The first of these, the one with the m, means something of immeasurable depth. This depth is generally not in physical terms but more in the figurative sense, and is used in the negative sense. Examples of its usage can be: abysmal ignorance/ abysmal concentration powers. On the other hand, Abyssal is a technical term that means Relating to ocean depths from 2000 to 5000 meters. Its a derivative of the word Abyss, and is used to refer to great or immeasurable depths.

Accede & Exceed This two words have a similar sound to them but differ in spelling and meaning. Exceed means to be better or greater than some accepted standard. For example: while driving, we often exceed the speed limits for a given road. Accede, on the other hand, means to give in or to agree. For example: One always accedes to the demands of ones lover. Accept & Except This is another pair like the one above: two words similar in sound but vastly different in meaning and spelling. Accept means to grant, to receive, to submit to, to answer yes, to agree to be a member or to take a position. For example: The girl accepted the boys proposal. Except as a verb means to take out, to leave out, to take exception to. For example: He would have been acceptable to us a groom except for his stupid moustache, that rules him out.

Day 1
Abjure & Adjure Abjure something is to renounce it or abstain from it, with the implication that this is done publicly (renounce on oath). For example: Members of the sect were required to abjure all alcoholic drink. Adjure someone to do something is to request them solemnly to do it. For example: The magistrate adjured the witness to tell the truth frankly. Abrogate & Arrogate Abrogate means to repeal, annul or cancel and is used with reference to laws, treaties, and other formal agreements. For example: The dictator abrogated agreements that no longer suited his purposes. Arrogate means to lay claim to without justification. For example: The general arrogated all civilian authority to himself, He arrogated to the prince several inflammatory statements, each suitable as a basis for opening hostilities. Abstruse & Obtuse Obtuse in its literal sense means blunt or dull, and an obtuse angle is one of more than 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees. The figurative sense of obtuse (which is almost always applied to people and their behavior) is dull, imperceptive, unintelligent, unthinking: How can he be so obtuse as not to understand us? Abstruse means difficult to grasp or comprehend, needlessly complex, impossible to understand and is applied typically to arguments, propositions, and the like: Her proposals were so abstruse as to be meaningless to us. Avoid using obtuse as a rough synonym of abstruse.