Practical and Refined Vocabulary


eccentric ('ec-cen-tric, pronunciation: ik-‘sen-trik)

- adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin eccentricus, from Greek ekkentros, from ex out of + kentron center.  Date: circa 1630.

  1. too rich to be crazy

professionalism (pro-fes-sion-al-ism, pronunciation: pruh-fesh-uh-nl-iz-hm)

- noun

  1. the practice of appropriately expressing hatred and hostility toward clients and colleagues

should (pronunciation: shoo d)

-auxiliary verb

  1. pt of shall
  2. must; ought (indicate that the speaker understands a complex situation better than the listener); often used to imply incompetence. You should have known better.

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