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Words That Sound As If They Should Mean Something Else

My pulchritudinous furry grandson, Gus

Have you ever come across a word whose meaning doesn’t seem right? For me, a big one is ENERVATE.

The hot weather we are dealing with in Southern California enervates me. That means it saps me of energy. I think because enervate starts the same as energize, it should mean something similar. However, it means the opposite.

Another deceptive word is PULCHRITUDE. Ugly word. Seems to me that it should mean an ugly demeanor or condition. But no! It means beauty. See above.

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How Much Energy Do You Have?

Are you familiar with the word ENERVATE? Do you think it’s equivalent to ENERGIZE? It’s not, but that ENER—fools a lot of people. In fact, ENERVATE means to drain the energy from something or someone.

These days many good shows are on television on Sunday night, and although we record them, my husband and I tend to park ourselves in front of the set and watch as many as we can stay awake for. When we finally give up, we are both completely enervated, feeling as if we will never be able to move again.

If you are not sure of the meaning of word, rather than making an awkward mistake, take a second to use your dictionary. All it takes is one click, hardly an enervating task.

Seal of the United States Department of Energy.

Seal of the United States Department of Energy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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