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12: lesson 1

Our Changing Vocabulary

acronym noun - A word formed from the initial letters of a name or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words WAC - Women's Army Corps.
affix noun - A word element, such as a prefix, attached to a base, stem, or root. The word "reappearance" has two affixes: re- and -ance.
coinage noun - The invention of new words. The word "hobbit" was a coinage of J.R.R.Tolkien.
colloquial adjective - Referring to informal speech or writing. a close call = a narrow escape
malapropism noun - A humorous misuse of a word. polo bear/ polar bear
onomatopoeia noun - Word that imitates what it stands for. buzz, hiss, crash, ring, zip
palindrome noun - Word reading the same backward or forward. RACECAR = RACECAR
portmanteau word noun - A word blend. splash + spatter = splatter
simile noun - Comparison of two unlike things, containing "like" or "as". " hungry as a bear" " sly like a fox"
spoonerism noun - Accidental, humorous distortion of words. tons of soil / sons of toil
Created by: SCJVSEnglish