Word of the day: Kinks

Today’s Word of the Day revolves around the word kinks: a word to describe a problem that a new product or new service is experiencing. We often use the phrase “to sort out” (to resolve) with kinks: The first iPhone had some kinks in it, like suddenly shutting down or having a short battery life, but the next generation sorted them out. Let’s see some examples:

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George worked all day from home on Saturday to sort out the urgent kinks of the Mitchell project.

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The prototype keyboard isn’t ready for the market; it has a few kinks.

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Sarah was on the phone for hours trying to understand the kinks that her clients reported.

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This car isn’t ready for the road, it’s got too many kinks we need to sort out.

 

How about you guys? Have you ever experienced any kinks in products you’ve bought or products you’ve worked on? Were they every sorted out?

Word of the Day: Awe

Today’s word of the day is: Awe

Awe is a word to express when someone is shocked, generally in a good way, by something or someone. We generally say someone is “in awe” of something/one, or that you were “left in awe” because of a specific event.

Let’s get to the examples:

  1. Samantha, age 17, was in awe that people worked without computers just a few decades ago.
  2. Parola del giorno: Scrambled Eggs Scuola di IngleseThe view of the mountain left us all in awe. I was speechless!
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  3. Jeff’s skateboarding skills left spectators in awe. He is the best they’ve ever seen!
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We also have the word “Awesome” which derives from the word awe. If you are left in awe by Jeff’s skateboarding skills, then his skills are awesome.

4. Wow, look at all the things I can do on this iPad! It’s an awesome toy!

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Can you think of 5 things you’ve done or seen recently that were awesome?

Think about your spouse or best friend. What is something you could do in the future that would leave them in awe?

Word of the Day: Whatever

Today’s word of the day is: Whatever

 

Whatever is a word that can be used in a wide range of contexts, and can be both extremely rude and extremely polite. It’s just that meaningful!

We’ll start with the nicest of versions: whatever as a polite word.

  1. A buffet at a restaurant offers unlimited food. This means the waiter will tell you:

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“You can eat whatever you want.”

  1. If you and your friends are going to a party and you’re unsure about what to wear, just ask. They respond saying it is informal, so:

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“You can wear whatever you want”.

  1. If your boss calls you for a favor, you can respond by saying you are completely at his/her disposal:

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“I’ll do whatever you need.”

But the word doesn’t stop there, that’s for sure. If you want to show that you really don’t care about something (rude/unpolite), whatever is the perfect single word to describe your mood.

Exhibit A:

Emma: Johnny, there’s a coffee stain on your shirt!

Johnny: Whatever. (Read: I don’t care, can we talk about something else?)

Exhibit B:

Chris: See that whale over there? That is one big animal!

Eric: Actually, it’s a mammal.

Chris: Whatever. (Read: Don’t judge me!)

Exhibit C:

Liz: I didn’t learn to ride a bike until I was eleven!

Mom: Actually, you were twelve.

Liz: Whatever. (Read: That’s not the point, I was old!)

 

I think this GIF explains the “rude” version of whatever quite well, taken from the “Gif-able” tumbler and a clip from movie Clueless:

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So what do you readers think? Is it a word you have ever used before? If it isn’t, beware: it’s not the nicest word to use in certain contexts!