Do You Really Know What That Word Means?

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

Several months ago a friend started forwarding me emails from Merriam Webster when there dictionary keywas a particularly interesting “Word of the Day.”

After a while, I opted in to get those daily messages myself, and I learned something interesting: There are some words that I recognize and “know” what they mean, but I can’t come up with a definition.

I always try before I scroll down to get the answer.

Today’s word was “galumph.” Can you define it?

A few days ago the word was “admonish.” I knew one definition, but not the others, although in thinking about it, I’m sure I’ve heard it used in those other ways.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who “kind of” knows the meanings of some words. Every now and then I’ll read a word in a post or an article and think “Did they use that word correctly?” Then I type it in to Google to get the definition.

Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes no. Quite often, the meaning is close, or at least related. Like me, the writer had some idea of the meaning, but didn’t quite hit the mark.

Lucky for me, copywriters are trained to use words that any 5th grade student can comprehend.

If you like words, that's a fun website.

I’m having fun with the word of the day, with the vocabulary quizzes, the “Can you name it?” quizzes, and more. If you love words too – go opt in at https://www.merriam-webster.com/

Did you want those definitions?

Galumph: To move with a clumsy, heavy tread.

Admonish:

  • To indicate duties or obligations to
  • To express warning or disapproval, especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner
  • To give friendly, earnest advice or encouragement to
  • To say something as advice or a warning

 

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Rainmaker
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Susan McCall, Independent Listing and Buyer Agent
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What a fun discussion.  I 2 have signed up for the "word".  It is funny when one is going about one's business and one hears an unknown word a number of different times, days, or venues and all of a sudden you wonder why you've not heard of this word and what is the actual definition.  My word that made me pay attention is "Bespoke".  It has it's own wiki page so don't ask me for the short answer :=(

Dec 17, 2018 07:11 PM #41
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Marte

I definitely check out words online sometimes when I am not sure of the meaning. Sometimes I am pretty close and other times I am way off. SOunds like a fun website to check out!

Jeff

Dec 17, 2018 10:32 PM #42
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
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Hi Marte Cliff   Thanks for sharing...I wonder how many people really think admonish means anything anywhere close to the actual definition?  I only remember be admonished in school to work harder...not because I did. 

I was gobsmacked by your definiton above!! 

Dec 18, 2018 07:58 AM #43
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home - I looked that one up too! It seems to be popping up all over lately. At first I thought it must be a brand name that they forgot to capitalize.

Jeff Dowler, CRS - I'm in the same boat. Sometimes right on, sometimes close, and sometimes WAY off!

Today's word is "millefleur" -one I would think few people know, and even fewer would ever use.

Definition
 
:
having an allover pattern of small flowers and plants

 

Dec 18, 2018 11:13 AM #44
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker - I was close on that one - my first thought was scolded or criticized.

I love your word: Gobsmacked. It makes a word picture in my mind of someone slapping themselves aside the head.

Dec 18, 2018 11:16 AM #45
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Kathleen Daniels
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Hello Marte Cliff - I am here from Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP post. 

I often ask Mr. Google for definitions and alternate meanings.  I am a student by nature and I am always learning.  Do I always get it right? or Correct? or Correctly.  Probably not. I do my best.  I do like to use words people know.
The 5th-grade level is somewhat limited yet at least most people understand.  

Dec 18, 2018 04:03 PM #46
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Kathleen Daniels Yes, that is limiting, and I think those who do the ratings get it a little bit wrong. Just because a word has more than 3 syllables doesn't mean that a 5th grader - or even a 3rd grader - doesn't know what it means.

I try to stick with words that are commonly used, but I suppose I mess up now and then and use one that's "too big."

Dec 18, 2018 04:38 PM #47
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker
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I am constantly  learning new words that have been around for centuries which is the dogma of this message. Trust me...I am an expert!! 

Dec 18, 2018 06:41 PM #48
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Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA
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Marte-Maybe it's because my father read the dictionary and took notes on words with which he was unfamiliar, but I found very little in the comments above that was new to me. My father loved to drop new words into a sentence, and my mother would send me articles by her favorite writer (snail mail clippings) who had an extensive vocabulary and there always was at least one word I had to look up in each article. And we are talking here about 2 people who had only a junior high education. A noble heritage indeed!

Dec 18, 2018 07:51 PM #49
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Jan Green
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Youa re definitely one of those people that Lottie Kendall writes about as "learners."  She wrote that there are learners and non-learners vs other categories of description.  You are a bright person who engages and learns.  Good for you! 

Dec 19, 2018 08:24 AM #50
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
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Marte, I like the idea of word of the day - Toastmasters had that, too, and I have learned so many rarely used words that when I hear them at theatrical performances or elsewhere I always remember where I first heard them. I enjoyed your post very much.

Dec 19, 2018 09:05 AM #51
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Mike McCann - Nebraska Farm Land Broker Some of those old words fall out of fashion, then suddenly someone starts using them again and we have to learn what they mean. Fun.

Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA You were indeed blessed to have parents who believed in learning. I come from a long line of readers. My Grandmother said she could remember her mother sitting at the butter churn, working with one hand and holding a book in the other one. (May be why I hold a book while I'm watching over the stove at dinnertime.)

Dec 19, 2018 09:53 AM #52
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Thanks Jan Green - I know you are the same. And really, don't we all have to keep learning if we want to grow in life?

Steffy Hristova We are wise not to use those words in writing to prospects who may not understand them, but it sure is fun to know what they mean when others use them.

Dec 19, 2018 09:57 AM #53
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Jan Green
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You are a prime example Marte!

Dec 19, 2018 10:12 AM #54
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Steffy Hristova
HomeSmart Elite Group Tempe AZ Tel: 480-966-9353 - Tempe, AZ
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Hi Marte, yes, you are right. One word I remember from Toastmaster's Word of the Day is "obfuscate" ... :), I always smile when I hear it .... :) And some of the onomatopoeic words were fun ... 

I am always in awe how rich the English language is. 

Dec 19, 2018 10:50 AM #55
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Thanks for the link. That will be very useful indeed. The word that bothers me the most when I hear it all the time on the news: decimate.

Dec 19, 2018 11:47 AM #56
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Jan Green I'm going to make an assumption, knowing how dangerous that is, and say that all of us who are active at Active Rain are examples.

Steffy Hristova Words really are fun. Our choices are almost unlimited. And yet... most of us use the same words repeatedly. I wonder if anyone has ever done a study about how many words are actually in common use each day. (After all, someone is always doing a study!)

Dec 19, 2018 11:59 AM #57
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 Does that one bother you because they use it incorrectly, or because it's meaning is a bit depressing?

Dec 19, 2018 12:01 PM #58
Rainmaker
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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Marte Cliff ... because it's used incorrectly.  What they really mean is demolished, and yes that's depressing.

Dec 21, 2018 10:45 PM #59
Rainmaker
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Marte Cliff
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Well, Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 at least they're both forms of "destroy." It could be worse.

Dec 22, 2018 02:01 PM #60
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