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a word formed from the initial letters of a name or by combining initial letters or parts of a series of words
acronym
a. a word element, sch as a prefix or suffix, that is attached to a base, stem, or root.
affix
the invention of new words
coinage
used in or suitable to spoken lanuage or to writing that inmitates speech; conversational; informal in style of expression.
colloquial
The use of a word sounding somewhat like he one intended by humorously wrong in the context.
malapropism
the formation of use of a word that imitates or resembles what it stands for.
onomatopoeia
a word, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.
palindrome
a word formed by merging the sounds and meanings of two different words;blend.
portmanteau word.
A figure of speech in which two essentialy unlike things are compared, often in a phrase introduced by like or as
simile
an accidetal but umorous distortion of words in a phrase formed by interchanging the initial sounds.
spoonerism.
Constant and earnest effort to accomplish a task
diligence
difficult to satisy or please
fastidious
the ability to swe what is likely to happen and to prepare for it accordingly
forsight
having or exhibiting sound judgment
judicious
extremely careful and precise
meticulous
minor or trivial details
minutiae
excersing caution, good judgment, or common sense in handling practical matter; giving throught to one's actions and thir consequences.
prudent
attentive to the finer points of etiquette ad formal conduct
punctilious
careful in choosing
selective
having a system, method, or plan; carried out in a step by step procedure.
systematic.
to decieve;trick
beguile
politeness; courtesy
civility
appropriateness of behavior or conduct
decorum
the way in which one behaves or conducts onself
demeanor
foolishly bold or daring; rash
foolhardy
performing or performed with careless, often thoughtless, ease
glib
not having a noble character or purpose
ignoble
the accepted customs and rules of behavior of a particular social group, generally regared by that group as essential to survival and welfare and ofen having the force of law.
mores
characteristics of people or thins away from the capital of country
provincial
not in good taste;improper; unbecoming.
unseemly