Advantage Verbal


January 22, 2016
1. mild and refreshing; soft; soothing: balmy weather .
2. having the qualities of balm; aromatic; fragrant: balmy leaves .
3. producing balm: balmy plants; a balmy shrub .
4. Informal . crazy; foolish; eccentric.

On and off and on and off until he was laughing at the magic of the running water and the chicken and bread that lay balmy in his stomach.

Imagine now, while the curtain’s falling, that it’s a fine balmy day and the smell of clams coming in from the bay.

Origin: Balmy is the adjectival form of balm , which originally referred to an aromatic resin and came to mean anything that heals. Balmy entered English in the late 1400s.


January 22, 2016
1. Astronomy . the polestar or North Star, a star of the second magnitude situated close to the north pole of the heavens, in the constellation Ursa Minor: the outermost star in the handle of the Little Dipper.
2. a two-stage U.S. ballistic missile, usually fired from a submerged submarine.
How do you find it? There are so many satellites nowadays that I can’t find Polaris anymore.
He sighted through the eyepiece and moved the index arm until Polaris sat squarely on the wire.


January 22, 2016
1.given to or characterized by gross excess in drinking or eating. 2.suffering from or due to such excess. They asked what she did in London and she explained how she helped run an arts festival, and it sounded fey and crapulous . So she told the story of the drunken newsreader they’d booked the previous year…


January 22, 2016
1. foreign; alien; coming from abroad. 2. wandering, traveling, or migrating.


January 22, 2016
1. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers . 2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners. 3. Archaic . agile; spry.


January 22, 2016
“Perspective” has to do with sight, as in painting, and is usually a noun. “Prospective” generally has to do with the future (compare with “What are your prospects, young man?”) and is usually an adjective. But beware: there is also a rather old-fashioned but fairly common meaning of the word “prospect” that has to do with sight: “as he climbed the mountain, a vast prospect opened up before him.”


January 22, 2016
If you think you feel just like another person, you are feeling empathy. If you just feel sorry for another person, you’re feeling sympathy. Sometimes people say they “emphasize” with someone when they mean they “empathize” with him or her.