Below are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Loath” (adj.) is pronounced “lōth” as in “both” and means averse , reluctant or unwilling to do something.
“He was loath to take on extra duties because of his already full schedule.”
“Loathe” (v.) uses the long “th” and means to feel hatred or a physical disgust for something.
“I loathe the use of the word ‘guys’ by anyone talking to a group that has females in it.”
“Blond” (adj.) means any person having light hair or skin. In France, it refers to males and “blonde” refers to females.
“Blonde” (adj.) refers to females of light hair or skin and should not be used when talking of males.
“Hypocritical” (adj.) means being two-faced, false, insincere or devious.
“Hypercritical” (adj.) means being overly critical, or judging too severely.
“Exoteric” (adj.) means suitable for the general public or accessible.
“Esoteric” (Adj.) means confined or limited to only a few or understood only by a select group.
“Blatant” (adj.) means an open disregard for, conspicuous, or without any attempt at concealment
“Flagrant”(adj.) means conspicuously bad, detestable, obscene, offensive or reprehensible.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Threnody” (n.) is a song or hymn of mourning, a memorial to the dead.
“The funeral mass had a threnody that brought tears to the eyes of the mourners.”
“Expiation” (n.) means to make amends or to atone for sin or wrongdoing.
Other forms of the word are “expiate” (v.) and “expiatory” (adj.).
“The contrite thief made atonement for his wrongs by putting many hours of help for the poor.”
“Histrionic” (adj.) means melodramatic or showy in attitude or gesture as in affected stage performances.
“The orator was booed by the audience for his histrionic gesturing and ranting.”
“Egregious” (adj.) refers to a flagrant violation of human rights, offensive or repugnant.
“The egregious politician openly flaunted his willingness to listen to any lobbyist who had money.”
“Harlequin” (n.) is a clown or buffoon. It is a character taken, originally, from old Italian comedy who dressed in motley who was droll and carried a wooden sword or wand.
“Commedia dell‘arte uses many stock characters in its improvisational works, one of which is the buffoon, Harlequin.”