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Frugal

Frugal
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A: Silly

B: Cold

C: Thrifty

Answer: C – Thrifty

Answer: C – Thrifty
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As in, “Having seen that Carita was organised and frugal, Hélène gave her budgeting responsibilities for the entire conference.”

Here are the everyday phrases with offensive origins.

Inveterate

Inveterate
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A: Habitual and unlikely to change

B: Soft and malleable

C: Untested

Answer: A – Habitual and unlikely to change

Answer: A – Habitual and unlikely to change
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As in, “An inveterate worrier, Roone had learned how to get by on very little rest.”

Consider avoiding these words that make you sound old.

Threadbare

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A: Self-evident

B: Shabby and barely adequate

C: Scantily clothed

Answer: B – Shabby and barely adequate

Answer: B – Shabby and barely adequate
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As in, “Despite their threadbare uniforms, the tiny school’s track team dominated the meet.”

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Salutary

Salutary
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A: Beneficial

B: Welcoming

C: Verbal

Answer: A – Beneficial

Answer: A – Beneficial
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As in, “The difficult but salutary two-week training session turned Adham into a first-rate salesman.”

Admit it: you’re probably guilty of uttering these redundant phrases.

Contumacious

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A: Rounded

B: Stubbornly disobedient

C: Poisonous but not lethal

Answer: B – Stubbornly disobedient

Answer: B – Stubbornly disobedient
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As in, “Portia’s contumacious behaviour left her daycare workers little choice but to call her parents.”

Can you pass this quiz of fourth grade spelling words?

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