Special Sub-Topic: Body Parts
|An easy one to start with.
Legal. Leg + al= legal. Did you know that forensic science is called legal medicine in the dictionary? I didn't.
Earnings. Ear + nings = earnings. Most of us use salary, a word, derived from from the Roman practice of giving money to soldiers to buy salt.
Search. S + ear + ch = search. 'Search for the hero inside yourself.'
Armadillo. Arm + adillo = armadillo. The American poet, Elizabeth Bishop, wrote a little poem entitled 'Armadillo'. It's actually about the death of an armadillo and other innocent little creatures, during a festival in Brazil, when they get caught in a fire.
Clear. Cl + ear = clear. What a busy word, it's got nineteen meanings in the dictionary. No wonder learners have trouble mastering English.
Legacy. Leg + acy = legacy. It does not have to be material.
Gear. G + ear = gear. I would never think of describing my car's gears like that.
Calipers. Ca + lip + ers = calipers. These always seem to be used in seafaring films when navigators are charting courses.
Legume. Leg + ume = legume. It means a plant that has pods as fruits and roots containing nitrogen fixing bacteria.
Armistice. Arm + istice = Armistice, a truce or ceasefire without a peace treaty.
Slipshod. S + lip + shod = slipshod. Term comes from blacksmith's world. If a horse was badly shod then s/he slipped bad for trade, passengers, etc.
Delegate. De + leg + ate + delegate. We elect delegates to represent us in unions and councils, a legate however, is a Papal ambassador from the Pope to a civilian government.
Hearty. H + ear + ty = hearty. Hearty also means healthy. Eating a hearty meal is a very common expression in Ireland.
Flippant. F + lip + pant = flippant. This is a real put down word.
Legato. Leg + ato = legato. Of course, you recognised that it's Italian meaning 'tied together'.
Armature. Arm + ature = armature, which can also be a defensive covering for a plant.
Caliph. Ca + lip + h = Caliph as in 'Tales of the Arabian Nights'.
Armillary. Arm + illary = armillary, the earth and other heavenly bodies are represented by intersecting metal rings.
Lip Service. Lip + service = lip service or agreement which is not followed by either support or action.
Charmeuse. Ch + arm + euse = charmeuse a silk fabric with a satin surface, gorgeous for a bride.
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