Confusing Words Clarified: Group F; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "F" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
I hope I do not live to see
The death of the apostrophe.
For readers all will suffer fits
In disentangling its from it’s,
And they may also rave and rant,
Unable to tell cant from can’t;
Not to mention how they feel
When they mix up well and we’ll.
If you have any problems understanding the pronunciation symbols, go to this Pronunciation Chart for clarifications.
Joseph was fortunate that the unforeseen but fortuitous closing of the museum meant that he could go to the baseball game instead.
Marie made her fortune in real estate before the economic decline.
2. The future that someone or something will have: Lila said that she could tell Jim's fortune or how successful he would be in times to come.
At the local carnival, Christine had her fortune told and it was suggested that she could earn a fortune if she were to get her book published.
2. Unfavorable; contrary to the rules of a competition or sport: Charles has a reputation for being a foul player.
The player committed a foul play when he tripped the other soccer player.
After Bill was suspended from the football game, he was asked why he committed a foul play so often, in fact at the beginning of just about every new game.
No matter what you say, a stinking chicken is still a foul fowl.
2. To wear away by rubbing; for example, the edges of fabric: Barbara frays the old pair of jeans at the bottom because she wears them much too long.
Please answer the following question with a complete sentence, not just a phrase or phrases.2. A characteristic way or mode of expression; a brief expression that is commonly used: A phrase Francine's mother often used was to be completely "fagged out" after working so hard in the garden.
To borrow a phrase from Jerome's sister, she would tell her children that they were spending too much time "watching the boob tube" and not doing enough physical activities outside.
The phrase in the book described the fraise which had been erected around the yard. The fraise was built because there have been too many frays among the residents.
When the blacksmith was creating the elaborate gate of wrought iron, he was fraught with anxiety because he wasn't sure that the customer would be pleased with the results.
2. To preserve something, especially food, by subjecting it to and storing it at a temperature at an extremely low cold point: Anyone can freeze meat in a freezer and keep it frozen at a temperature of -18°C.
3. To prohibit the conversion of assets or to use them: The officials had to freeze the bank accounts in order to deprive the criminal of his ill gotten gains.
Aurora is thinking that she will freeze when she is outside working on the ornamental frieze on the wall surrounding the gazebo (small building with open sides) in the garden; however, the faster she can finish it, the sooner it frees up her time to go to the movies.
It was very sad, when Jerome, who was suffering from a phrenetic condition, started to become frenetic when he was in the crowd that was enjoying the sights and sounds of the circus.
Thomas has a recurring dream in which he sees himself driving across the country, but having to make many frequent stops to fill the gas tank of his car.
2. A young chicken that is suitable for cooking in a deep pan: Madelin got the fryer at the local butcher's shop.
An chicken egg in a monastery was quoted as saying, "My destiny is to go out of the fryer and into the friar."
A frog species (Psyllophrne didactyla), discovered in Cuba in 1996, is so tiny that it can sit comfortably on a human fingernail.
Toads feed on small invertebrates or animals that don't have a backbone; such as, worms and insects.
Toads have relatively short hind legs used for hopping, and they often have swellings containing glands that secrete an irritating fluid for defense purposes and they are terrestrial or semiterrestrial in habit.
Both frogs and toads have inconsistent common meanings.
Anura is the order of amphibians that contains the frogs and the toads. Their eggs (spawn) are covered with jelly, are laid in water, and hatch into aquatic larvae (tadpoles), which undergo a rapid and extensive metamorphosis in which the tail is absorbed and the gill slits are replaced by lungs. Most frogs (for example, Rana) live in damp places or are aquatic; some are arboreal. Toads (for example, Bufo) are better adapted to drier habitats.
When Jewel and Jerry visited the zoo, they went to the ponds and lakes section and observed several frogs; later they visited the wetlands section to count the toads.
2. A confused mixture, a jumble: Karin certainly has a fuddle of spools of different colored thread in that box.
2. To mix something in a confused way: So much information can easily muddle Karl's efforts to properly organize the materials he is trying to set up for the book.
Dennis thinks before he has a fuddle or two, he should try to muddle through the accumulation of paper work on his desk.
Her husband went into a deep funk after he lost his job.2. A type of popular music combining elements of jazz, blues, and soul and characterized by syncopated rhythm and a heavy, repetitive bass line: There was a special TV program which presented an hour of musical funk.
Celeste thought that the funk music that was being broadcast was too loud and too much punk for her taste. In fact, she was afraid that listening to it would trigger a funk like the one she experienced when a punk threatened to beat her up if she didn't give him some money.
When Babs went down into the cellar, she noticed a funky odor.2. Stylish or appealing in an unusual way: The couple had dinner at a funky little Spanish restaurant last night.
Greg asked, "Hey, how are you doing today, Willis?"
And Willis answered, "Not very well. I'm feeling punky today."
The doctor said that Bill was feeling punky because he was living in a basement apartment which had a strong funky odor.
Mildred's furry cat, flew into a fury when she brought a new puppy home.