Vocab Builder: It’s Kismet

Sometimes the only thing linking a post’s vocabulary words together is that they all appealed to me when I wrote my weekly list. This week’s Vocab Builder is such a one.

  • Obfuscate, verb: to confuse

As long as Islamist groups continue to deny, minimize, or obfuscate the problem, and government and police officials accept their inaccurate versions of reality, women will continue to be killed for honor in the West. —Middle East Quarterly

  • Viscous, adjective: having a thick, sticky consistency.

A new carbon-based material called forged composite is produced from a viscous slurry of carbon strands and resin that’s poured into molds. —Popular Mechanics

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  • soporific, adjective: causing drowsiness or sleepiness.

Gregory plans on telling security guards and school resource officers to keep an eye out in case students come to class impaired by the soporific sweets. —Las Cruces Sun-News

  • Kismet, noun: destiny.

Sneed says it’s kismet to have now hired Scott Schwartz, son of “Godspell” composer Stephen Schwartz, to direct “A Servant of Two Masters” for him, opening July 7. —Denver Post

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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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