A Note About English


English has a lot of funny words. Since its infancy as a monster baby of the Germanic and Romantic language trees, it is without saying that it is...unique.  What's more, with nearly 200,000 active words in English, there are bound to be a couple that you hold especially dear.  Here are a few of my personal favorites:





1.) Mellifluous: having a nice, smooth flowing sound.

            Ex. The mellifluous voice of the news anchor softened the words he was saying.


2.) Manifest: to show, or be apparent.

            Ex. Manifested in his eyes, it became apparent that no matter how many Amelia's burritos he ate, he would still feel empty.



3.) Qualm: worries or concerns

            Ex. All your qualms about exams will dwarf in size compared to the deep dark abyss of life after college.


4.) Quash: to reject, but it has a really good quash sound to it. Quash. You understand?

            Ex. Quash your existential qualms with the fact that knowing that happiness only comes     from the self.


5.) Dilly-dally: To wander and be idle, but more like a nonchalant sauntering kind of feel   (slowly wander without a care).

            Ex. Don't dilly-dally¸ NUCALLS registration opens soon!


6.) Cabbage: a vegetable.

            Ex. Cabbages are vegetables. Some people eat them.




Chris Wong, NUCALLS English Instructor

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