English for RPGs - Part 03
by, 02-14-2009 at 10:48 PM (1284 Views)
Well, I haven’t seen very many new pairings in the last couple of days (although still seeing some of the ones that I’ve already done again and again). I thought that I might try to work some commonly confused words that I’m expecting to see in the future into my examples.
breath (n) an inhalation or exhalation, a pause
breathe (v) to take air in and out of lungs, to live
I await your answer with bated breath. You take my breath away. Take a deep breath. The air was cold enough to see one’s own breath.
Breathe deeply. Don’t you dare breathe a word of this to anyone! With an influx of money, we can breathe new life into the plan.
discreet (adj.) tactful, circumspect, able to keep silent
discrete (adj.) separate, individual
Older, married gentleman seeks encounter with fun and spontaneous female. Must be discreet.
The items were sorted into three discrete categories.
garrulous (adj.) talkative, loquacious (esp. of trivial matters)
(I’ve thought about it and I couldn’t come up with a similar sounding word that matched the meaning as it was used. It was used as a character flaw that mechanically required the character to spend twice as much on their debauchery when carousing. I crossed it out and wrote in “wastrel.” Maybe it was just a poorly chosen antonym of “frugal,” as I’ve heard of people being “frugal with their words/speech.” But, if anybody can think of something else, I’d like to hear it.)
it’s – contraction of “it is” or “it has”
its – possessive for “it”
It’s a good day to die. It’s been great seeing you again.
Every dog has its day. The creature tracked its prey through the dense undergrowth.
rife (adj.) prevalent, widespread
ripe (adj.) ready to be picked or eaten, mature, auspicious
The air was rife with the smell of sulphur.
The bullet holes in the buildings hinted that the locale was rife with danger.
The nectarine was ripe and pleasing to the palate.
sooth (archaic) (n) truth (adj.) true, soft
soothe (v) to calm, to ease (as pain, worry)
You’re unlikely to see sooth used all by itself; you might see it in “soothsayer” or “forsooth.”
The aloe vera plant is used to soothe burns.
who’s – contraction of “who is” or “who has”
whose – possessive for “who”
Who’s there? Who’s been into the cookie jar?
Whose muddy footprints are all over the carpet?
yore (n) long ago
your (adj.) possessive of “you”
you’re – contraction of “you are”
“In days of yore. . .”
You’re going to get your feet wet if you don’t put on a proper pair of boots.
This is your last warning. You’re under arrest.