A few words recently encountered which always confuse me:
Don’t you think the word spendthrift should mean someone who is careful with money (cheap) rather than an extravagant shopper or one who wastes or squanders their money? I do. It’s the “thrift” part that gets me. (As in thrifty…)
When you come across the word “wiseacre” in a book, does it stop you cold? It does me. I try various ways of saying it out loud to see if I’ve ever actually used it - and likely mispronounced it. I finally checked via Google (this link provides sound). Conclusion – I have never uttered the word.
WHO DOES???? I’ve never heard anyone say it!
Wouldn’t using the expression “smart aleck” suffice?
But then, who or what is an aleck??
I do know what this word means (and how to pronounce it) but to me it conjures up the image of a safe (as in one of those metal things, not the other kind…) – a safe that is faulty and ripe for the picking/robbing.
My fascination and love affair with words continues….
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