Awhile ago I devoted a post to ruminating on an example of this word, “diffident.” That writer was writing about fast food as an eating “path,” and I was comparing this concept to the two paths in Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken,” especially since my student said the fast-food road was “diffidently not the only one.…” 368 more words
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Some of the most successful commercial fiction is the stuff that appeals to everyone; old and young, from every corner of the world. But one big barrier to creating work like this is the invisible restrictions placed upon you by your own culture. 659 more words
“One Should Avoid Very Archaic Words That Have Become Antiquated and Fallen Out of Use”
“Using words that are obsolete and worn down seems as affected as using uncustomary or new ones of harsh or unpleasant character. 487 more words
Her red hair had a tinge of white.
Does that mean some of her hair is completely white?
Answer by Mike Mendis:
A tinge is a small amount, usually of colour, but it could be used for other things as well, in a metaphorical sense (for example, a tinge of sadness). 310 more words