Theme – Words that aren’t what they appear to be
1. predial or praedial (PREE-dee-uhl)
adjective: Of or relating to land, farming, etc.
“Agrarian outbreaks, in many places, assumed the aspect of a predial war.”
2. Hibernian (hy-BUR-nee-uhn)
adjective: Of or relating to Ireland.
noun: A native or inhabitant of Ireland.
“This lively bar is long on Hibernian charm, and patrons are smitten with the pub’s thick Irish stew.”
3. histrionics (his-tree-ON-iks)
1. Melodramatic or hysterical behavior calculated for effect.
2. Theatrical performances.
“The notion that men can face adversity with stoicism while women are more likely to respond with histrionics is just one example of the gender stereotypes that permeate our culture.”
[stoic – noun – a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.]
4. blousy or blowsy or blowzy (BLOU-zee)
1. Having a coarsely ruddy complexion.
“She appears transformed from the dowdy, blousy woman with big hair.”
5. redoubtable (ri-DOU-tuh-buhl)
adjective: Arousing fear or awe; evoking respect or honor.
“Even the redoubtable German economy now seems to be buckling.”