Word of the Day – 5/11/14


WORD OF THE DAY


PERPLEX(Verb)
/pəˈplɛks/

Meaning:
To confuse or trouble with uncertainty or doubt.
To make confusedly intricate; complicate.

Usage:
Questions about the meaning of life have always perplexed humankind.
Her strange response perplexed me.
Their goal is not to perplex, but to amuse and excite.

Pronunciationhttp://www.macmillandictionary.com/pronunciation/british/perplex


IDIOM/PHRASE OF THE DAY


BE TOO CLEVER BY HALF

Meaning:
To be too confident of your own intelligence in a way that annoys other people.
(Of a person) annoyingly proud of their intelligence or skill, and liable to overreach themselves.

Usage:
At school he had a reputation for arrogance. ‘Too clever by half’ was how one former teacher described him.
She was too clever by half – always correcting the teacher or coming back with a smart answer.