Confusing Words Clarified: Group J; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "J" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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Mildred was arrested for drunkenness and spent a night in the city jail.2. A short-term detaining facility for those waiting trial or for those convicted of minor offenses: Aaron was kept in the city jail while he was being tried for murder and, if convicted, he would be sent to the state prison.
Trina was sentenced to forty years in a federal penitentiary for the crime that she committed.
In British English, there is no clear difference between jail and prison; and the word penitentiary is apparently not used in Great Britain.
The alleged criminal was held in the local jail which his British lawyer always referred to as the local gaol while his client was awaiting his trial.
When he was found guilty and sentenced, Adam was sent to the state penitentiary which his lawyer referred to as a prison.
2. A predicament: Rob exclaimed, "Boy! Did JoAnn ever get herself into a jam when she missed her bus."
3. A crowd: Have you ever been caught in the subway jam during the busy hours?
Tami's mother leaned on the door jamb watching the teens make bread and jam sandwiches. They were going to take the sandwiches to an outdoor concert where they expected a jam of people.
In Abigail's zealous pursuit of success as a model, she was not aware that her younger sister was very jealous.
Roy's erratic driving, committing many jinks to stay on the roadway, seemed almost to be a jinx on his success as a race car driver.
2. To rouse or to stimulate as if by nudging: There was an old photo in the album that might jog Jill's memory.
3. To turn sharply; to veer: This is where the boundary will jog south.
"At first, jog was a training regimen for athletes, then it became a fad in about 1967."
2. An abrupt change in direction: When Bill came to a jog in the road, he had to make a sharp turn.
3. A slow run done for exercise: Some people depend on a morning jog to give them energy for the day.
4. A light shake or push: Mildred gave Bob a jog with her elbow to stop him from talking so much.
The jog in the road caused Edward's car to jog abruptly to the left. The force of this jog also caused Elisa, who was in the back seat, to jog and to spill her coffee all over her lap.
2. Valid within the law; lawful: The decision by the judge for the man to pay the traffic fine was a just decision.
The knight tried to assure his lady fair, saying "Don't worry, it is just a joust and no one will be injured."
2. Someone who attempts to manipulate situations or individuals for a desired purpose: The salesman was quite the juggler in trying to convince the man to buy the used car so he could get a commission.
The newspaper reported that the juggler had an accident and one of the knives he was juggling slipped and cut his jugular vein. The juggler was reported recovering in the hospital after the surgeon repaired the jugular vein that was injured.
When Benjamin and his family were traveling across the country by car, they came to a major highway junction. They had to decide if at this juncture in their trip, they should go south or turn east.