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discreet/ discrete

Discreet means on the down low, under the radar, careful, but discrete means individual or detached. They come from the same ultimate source, the Latin discrētus, for separated or distinct, but discreet has taken its own advice and quietly gone its separate way. Continue reading...

affect/ effect

Choosing between affect and effect can be scary. Think of Edgar Allen Poe and his RAVEN: Remember Affect Verb Effect Noun. You can’t affect the creepy poem by reading it, but you can enjoy the effect of a talking bird. Continue reading...

farther/ further

Use the word farther when you mean physical distance, like if you run farther than your friend. Use further for basically everything else. Further refers to abstractions like ideas or thoughts. Continue reading...

unconscionable/ unconscious

These two words look and sound similar. In fact, if you think too hard about them together, you might find your tongue tripping over them. Continue reading...

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extroverted

Extroverted describes someone who's outgoing and social. Your extroverted friend wants to go to out and meet people, but your other friend would rather do the opposite — stay home and read books.

First used in modern psychology around 1918, the adjective extroverted has origins in the German word extra, meaning "outward," and the Latin word vertere, meaning "to turn." So extroverted people look outward rather than toward their inner thoughts. They're outgoing, expressive, and interested in what's going on around them. If you're extroverted, you probably enjoy parties and can move through the room with ease chatting with everyone whether you know them or not.