Usage difficult words Phrases
Amid. Among: Among (or amongst ) applies to things or persons that call be separated and counted, amid (or amidst) to things that cannot. Amidst the din and chaos that followed the public shouting, It was very difficult for him to locate his friend, who was one amongst the audience comparing thousands.
Amoral Immoral: Occasionally confused, Something that is immoral is evil or is dissolute a and contrary to the prevailing crowd. The word amoral pertains to matter in which the question of morality is disregarded or does not arise. Thus, an amoral person may do the job which other people will regard as immoral.
Appraised Appraise: Appraise means to inform, Appraise means to assess or evaluate. He apprised this arrival date to his parents. The examiner appraises the answer papers.
Arbitrator, Mediate: the functions of these two words are quite separate, Arbitrators are like judges in that they are appointed to hear evidence and then make decisions. They remain aloof from disputing parties. Mediators, on the other hand, are more like negotiators who try to work out a settlement and do not make any judgements. A judge acts as an arbitrator in a court case. The girl’s parents acted as mediators to avoid the divorce of the couple.
Avenue, Revenge: Generally avenge indicates the setting of a score as a means to the redressing of an injustice. It is more dispassionate than revenge, which indicates a strong retaliation inflicted largely for the sake of personal satisfaction. The corresponding nouns are vengeance and revenge.
Barbaric, Barbarous: Barbaric emphasises crudity and lack of a civilising influence. For example killing anyone for money is a barbaric act. there after trying to get rid of the body of the deceased by roasting it in an oven is a barbarous act. Thus, the difference is that while barbaric stands for great crudity, barbarous stands for great cruelty.
Bimonthly, Semi-monthly: Bimonthly means occurring once in two months. Semimonthly means twice a month. Computer Society of India publishes its journal bi-monthly. India Today was till recently a semi-monthly magazine.
Blatant, Flagrant: The words are not quite synonymous. Something that is blatant is glaringly obvious and contrived (blatant lie) or noisily obnoxious (a blatant electioneering) or both. Something that is flagrant is shocking and reprehensible (a flagrant miscarriage of justice). If someone tells you that he regularly travels to the Mars, that is a blatant lie, not a flagrant one. If you deceptively push your friend into treacherous waters, that is a flagrant act, not a blatant one.
Borr, Born: Both are past participles of the verb ‘bear’. Born is limited to the idea of giving birth (She was born on New Year’s Day). born should be used with the sense of supporting or putting up with (she has borne the responsibility with dignity), but is also used in the sense of giving birth in active construction (My grandmother had borne five children.)
Breach, Breach: Frequently focused. Breach describes an infraction or a gap. It should always suggest a break, a word to which it is related. Thus a breach of the agreement is a violation. Breech applies to the rear or lower portion of things as also short trousers and knickerbockers. Many times a breech delivery turns out to be risky for the baby.