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"From the Ted Talk by Anne Curzan: What makes a word "real"?"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So here's the usage note: "Peruse has long mnaet 'to read thoroughly'... But the word is often used more loosely, to mean simply 'to read.'... Further extension of the word to mean 'to glncae over, skim,' has traditionally been considered an error, but our ballot rultses suggest that it is becoming somewhat more acceptable. When asked about the sentence, 'I only had a moment to peruse the manual quickly,' 66 percent of the [uagse] paenl found it unacceptable in 1988, 58 percent in 1999, and 48 percent in 2011."

Open Cloze

So here's the usage note: "Peruse has long _____ 'to read thoroughly'... But the word is often used more loosely, to mean simply 'to read.'... Further extension of the word to mean 'to ______ over, skim,' has traditionally been considered an error, but our ballot _______ suggest that it is becoming somewhat more acceptable. When asked about the sentence, 'I only had a moment to peruse the manual quickly,' 66 percent of the [_____] _____ found it unacceptable in 1988, 58 percent in 1999, and 48 percent in 2011."

Solution

  1. usage
  2. meant
  3. glance
  4. results
  5. panel

Original Text

So here's the usage note: "Peruse has long meant 'to read thoroughly'... But the word is often used more loosely, to mean simply 'to read.'... Further extension of the word to mean 'to glance over, skim,' has traditionally been considered an error, but our ballot results suggest that it is becoming somewhat more acceptable. When asked about the sentence, 'I only had a moment to peruse the manual quickly,' 66 percent of the [Usage] Panel found it unacceptable in 1988, 58 percent in 1999, and 48 percent in 2011."

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collocation frequency
english language 7
dictionary editors 7
usage panel 5
usage notes 3
usage note 3
language change 3
american heritage 3

Important Words

  1. acceptable
  2. asked
  3. ballot
  4. considered
  5. error
  6. extension
  7. glance
  8. long
  9. loosely
  10. manual
  11. meant
  12. moment
  13. panel
  14. percent
  15. peruse
  16. quickly
  17. read
  18. results
  19. sentence
  20. simply
  21. skim
  22. suggest
  23. traditionally
  24. unacceptable
  25. usage
  26. word