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acronym
a word made form first letters
affix
a prefix or suffix
coinage
an invented word
colloquial
conversational
diminutive
a suffix indicating smallness
metonymy
the use of a closely related word as a substitute
oxymoron
an expression with contradictory words
palindrome
a word spelled the same backward and forward
portmanteau words
a word formed from two other words
spoonerism
a comical switching of of the first sounds of words
apprehensive
nervous or uneasy
categorical
absolute
conclusive
decisive
dubious
doubtful
indeterminate
vague; unclear
precarious
dangerous; unstable
qualm
a sense of doubt
tentative
not fully worked out; provisional
unequivocal
perfectly clear
vacillate
to hesitate in choice of action or opinion