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adiposity: another word for obesity
antebellum : literally, “before the war.” The war referred to is the United States Civil War (1861-1865).
autodidact : self-taught
booze : alcoholic drink
bowdlerize : remove or change the original words written by an author.
faucet/facet : two words some people tend to confuse. A faucet is a device for letting water flow through a pipe. A facet is a side. Diamonds and arguments have facets. Facet comes from a word meaning “little face.”
fawn : a baby deer
hone/home : The expression, “to home in on” means, “to be guided to a target.” Some speakers mistakenly use the word hone in this expression.
hydrophobia : literally, “fear of water.” Usually refers to a dangerous disease in dogs and other animals.