Merriam Webster Dictionary offers an in-depth look here at words often misused! Great potential as Words of the Day.
What to Know
Uncharted refers to something not recorded on a map. Uncharted waters or uncharted territory can refer literally to places not yet explored, but it can also be used figuratively to refer to unfamiliar situations in general. Sometimes unchartered is used mistakenly when people see charter and think of the contractual agreement to lease something, such as a boat.
People started looking up “moderator” during the Presidential Debate September 2020. What does this word mean?
We define moderator in a number of ways; it may be “one who presides over an assembly, meeting, or discussion” (as in the chair of a discussion group or the presiding officer of a town meeting), or “one who arbitrates; a mediator” (this is sense that is relevant to tonight’s debate … we think, as it might also be “a substance (such as graphite) used for slowing neutrons in a nuclear reactor”). The word can be traced to the Latin moderare, meaning “to moderate.”
The American Heritage Dictionary publishes a popular “100 Words” series, which I’ll be highlighting in blog posts. We’re all adults, however, these are excellent words for us to be using in speeches! Here are just the first 10:
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