Vocabulary Cite/Site/Sight • Cite – to quote, summon, commend or call. Cite the author in an endnote; • Site – location, area, computer website, or to place something in an area You visit a Web site or the site of the crime. • Sight – the act of seeing, a view, a glimpse/ observation, to look in a direction. You sight your beloved running toward you in slow motion on the beach (a sight for sore eyes!). Complement/Compliment • compliment: nice things said about someone – "She paid me the compliment of admiring the way I shined my shoes.” • Complement- matching or completing. – Alice’s love for entertaining and Mike’s love for washing dishes complement each other. – the full number of something needed to make it complete: “My computer has a full complement of video-editing programs.” If it is preceded by “full” the word you want is almost certainly “complement.” • Remember, if you’re not making nice to someone, the word is “complement.” Conscience/Conscious • Conscience – inner sense of right and wrong. – Your conscience makes you feel guilty when you do bad things. • Conscious – aware, having mental faculties, known. – If you are awake, you are conscious. – Although it is possible to speak of your “conscious mind,” you can’t use “conscious” all by itself to mean “consciousness.” Council/Counsel • Council– an assembly, a body of people – I checked with the city council. • Counsel– advice, to give advice – I could counsel you not to speak to him anymore. Continually/Continuously • Continually means "repeated again and again." – I was continually interrupted by the telephone. • Continuously means "uninterrupted." – It rained continuously for forty-eight hours. Coarse/Course • Coarse is always an adjective meaning “rough, crude.” – Don’t use that coarse language in here! • Course – N. or v. many meanings! Path, track, procedure, mode of conduct, to hunt or chase, etc. ALSO used in many idioms – Of course, we do charge a fee for that. Disburse/Disperse • Disburse – to distribute, give out – You disburse money by taking it out of your purse (French “bourse”) and distributing it. • Disperse – scatter, drive off, dispell – If you refuse to hand out any money, the eager mob of beggars before you may disperse. Eligible/Illegible • Eligible – available, qualified, fit or proper – He was quite the eligible bachelor. • Illegible not readable, impossible to read, bad handwriting. – I cannot take this paper, your writing is illegible! Eminent/Imminent • Eminent - prominent, famous, most important. – The government exercises eminent domain. • Imminent – threatening, facing immediate disaster. From Latin minere, meaning “to project or overhang.” – The cave in was imminent, as was the movie premiere. Ensure/Insure • Ensure- to secure or guarantee: to make sure or certain: measures to ensure the success of an undertaking. to make secure or safe, as from harm – This letter will ensure you a hearing. • Insure – to guarantee against loss or harm, to secure indemnity to or on, in case of loss, damage, or death, to issue or procure an insurance policy on or for. – Check with your agent, they can probably insure you for less.
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