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Monday, January 10, 2011

Vocabulary Lessons for Everyone! (Volume 1)

Man do I feel stupid!

I always thought that copious' definition was similar to scattered: http://www.thefreedictionary.com/scattered

Definition of Adj.scattered - occurring or distributed over widely spaced and irregular intervals in time or space; "scattered showers"; "scattered villages"

Definition of copious: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/copious
co·pi·ous   /ˈkoʊpiəs/ Show Spelled[koh-pee-uhs] Show IPA


1.large in quantity or number; abundant; plentiful: copious amounts of food.

2.having or yielding an abundant supply: a copious larder; a copious harvest.

3.exhibiting abundance
That really explains peoples' reactions to my joking comment that I ingested "copious amounts of alcohol."
Someone used copious the other night in the correct manner and I thought to myself, "You keep using that word...I do not think it means what you think it means." I am glad I kept my mouth shut.
Clearly, it's for the best that I dropped out of college and decided NOT to become an English teacher.
At least I can spell it. Does that count for something?

1 comment:

  1. Ha I love this! I have a friend who always says "provocative" when they mean "mischievous"... Only occasionally interchangeable...