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By DON VAUGHAN
I recently found a website on which 965 words that end in â€śiveâ€ť are alphabetically listed. You can click each word and see its definition. To find this website, Google â€śList all words ending in ive.â€ť Â Here are five from the list. Let me know your score (80 or 100 is an A).
1. pervasive (per-VAY-siv)
A. diffused throughout every part
D. None of the above
2. evasive (e-VAY-siv)
A. tending to avoid commitment
B. tending to vanish like vapor
C. hard, abrasive
No. 1, pervasive, is A. No. 2, evasive, is A.
3. elusive (ee-LOU-siv)
D. tending to evade grasp or pursuit
4. adumbrative (a-DUM-brah-tiv)
B. faintly representing; typical
5. A style of delivery used in oratorios and operas in which a singer adopts the rhythms of speech is a/an
A. recitative (re-suh-tuh-TEEVE).
B. emotive (e-MOE-tiv).
C. tussive (TUH-siv)
D. endive (EN-dive)
No. 3, elusive, is D. No. 4, adumbrative (give the first two syllables the sound of Adam), is B. If something is darkened or concealed partially, it is adumbrated. I remember Alfred Hitchcockâ€™s adumbrated image each Saturday night on CBS. The last one is recitative. Example: Don Jose declares his love for Carmen in an impassioned recitative.
Last weekâ€™s mystery word is billet.
This weekâ€™s mystery word also ends in â€śive.â€ť Use this adjective to describe someone who tends to acquire and own (often greedily).
Don R. Vaughan, Ph.D. in Mass Communication, is a professor at East Miss. Community College. Contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.View more articles in: