Theme – Words that have the plural spelled the same but pronounced differently
1. corps (kohr) [ plural corps (kohrz) ]
noun: A group of persons associated in a common organization or engaged in a common activity.
“The diplomatic corps in Cuba on Tuesday paid homage to the outgoing Angolan ambassador.”
2. faux pas (fo PAH) [ plural faux pas (fo PAHZ) ]
noun: A blunder, especially a social mistake.
“[Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, committed] the ultimate classroom faux pas when he addressed [the teacher] Miss Hollender by her first name, Sophie, in front of students.”
3. rendezvous (RAHN-day-voo, -duh-) [ plural rendezvous (RAHN-day-vooz, -duh-) ]
1. A meeting at an agreed time and place.
2. A prearranged meeting place.
3. A popular gathering place: haunt.
“When Zina’s husband falls for the ballerina, the two women connive to trick him, disguising the wife as the potential lover for a rendezvous.”
4. pince-nez (PANS-nay, PINS-) [ plural pince-nez (-nayz) ]
noun: A pair of eyeglasses held in place by a spring that grips the nose.
“Edward Weston had pince-nez on a cord around his neck and would peer at her through the lenses of the glasses.”
5. precis (pray-SEE, PRAY-see) [ plural precis (pray-SEEZ, PRAY-seez) ]
noun: A concise summary.
verb tr.: To make a concise summary.
“We’d end [the review] with a pithy precis of our thoughts on the novel.”