Vocab Builder: Miscellaneous Entries

This week, we take a look at some words that caught my eye.

  • Chassis, noun. A motor vehicle’s skeleton, usually made of a steel frame mounted on springs.

    You can really warp the chassis of your car if you attempt the jumps you see in Dukes of Hazard reruns.

  • Gratis, adverb. Free of charge.

    When there was no money to pay McGrath’s supplier, he got on the phone and found that the supplier was willing to provide the greenery gratis. –CBS News

  • Pomp, noun. Ceremonial extravagance.

    Men and women in full military dress, large brass bands playing patriotic songs, and lots of flag-waving give a parade a respectable amount of pomp.

  • Anthropomorphic, adjective. Having human qualities or characteristics.

    Children’s TV shows often have anthropomorphic characters, such as Thomas the Tank Engine and Arthur.

  • Pernicious, adjective. Seriously harmful or deadly.

    A pernicious weed is a notorious criminal that, once established, becomes unusually invasive and won’t go away. —The Telegraph

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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