Vocabulary Time!

Hello & good morning. Let's learn! Okay, I bet that's not what you were expecting to hear on a California lifestyle blog, let's just say I'm trying to spread some knowledge. We live in a world where you can email files at the click of a button or Google the answer to a question you don't know.

Back in the day, you had to wait for days before your documents arrived in the mail & you spent the afternoon at the library researching for a school assignment. I want to challenge us do some do something different, so this is an educational post on VOCABULARY! You don't have to like it, but you'll learn from it.

vocabulary time

I came across some interesting words as I watched shows, read books, flipped through magazines, & what have you. I decided to write them down to reference later because I wanted to fully understand their meaning. This will be an ongoing series because I seriously believe knowledge is power, so let's get learning! Here are three vocab words that I came across in the last couple weeks hopefully we can learn a thing or two.


  • noun ▲ sub·ter·fuge ▲ suhb-ter-fyooj
  • Definition: the use of tricks or deception especially to hide, avoid, or get something
  • Example: The fitness blogger used fake before & after photos to get users to sign up for her workout routines by subterfuge.

2. Attrition
  • noun ▲ at·tri·tion ▲ uh-trish-uh n
  • Definition: a reduction, decrease or decline in numbers, size, or strength
  • Example: The graduating class of 2015 had a high rate of attrition as they moved away for college.

3. Clairvoyant
  • adjective ▲ clair·voy·ant ▲ klair-voi-uh nt
  • Definition: the ability to see objects or actions beyond the ordinary range of perception
  • Example: Sally seemed to be clairvoyant because she accurately guessed my middle name on the first try.

Feel free to click on the links; they go to the definition page so you can understand more about each word. I included summarized versions, but there's always more to learn. Did you know any of these prior to reading this post? I challenge you to write a comment & add a sentence using one of these vocab words! :]

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48 comments

  1. I guess I am a nerd, because I love learning new vocabulary words! :)

    -Court
    www.thegoldentabby.com

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  2. Ahhhh I like this, this is a good idea. All writers would benefit from learning a few more words each day! I actually did know clairvoyant and subterfuge, but I've never used attrition before.

    "Oh yes, she knew exactly how to use her clairvoyance---it made it all the easier to lure the unknowing. She could read their weakness sometimes without the need of the spoken word. Then, it was easy. Most of them fell for her pretty face, but a few she captured by her charisma and intellect. It was only a matter of time until they were lost in her subterfuge."

    How's that? I haven't written in a while! I didn't use attrition though, haha.

    Peace & Love // Celestralite

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    1. Amazing. I knew clairvoyant and had heard about subterfuge[ never used it though].

      I think the best way to remember a new word is to use it a couple of times as soon as you learn it.
      I love the style of writing in your passage.

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    2. That's an awesome use of the words, Celeste. You go girl! :]

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  3. Amazing post dear!

    www.bloglovin.com/blogs/printed-sea-3880191

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  4. YES CARMEN. YOU GO. Words, and the perpetuation of knowledge? Salute! Also, you must be a clairvoyant because I have just recently scheduled a post explaining my high regards of knowledge. Hahaha, I can tell that I'm going to love this series already!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Maybe you fell for my subterfuge. I subtly tricked you into it hehehehe.

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  5. I'm a reading/vocab enthusiast myself (AKA huge nerd!). I used to sign up for those "word of the day" emails back in college because I liked to pepper my papers with new words (see what I did ther?). Also, thesaurus always. Looking forward to seeing these in a new format!

    Xoxo,
    Shian | The Fashion Investigator

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    1. I used to sign up for those words too, Shian, so that makes two of us. :]

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  6. Very enriching post! English is not my first language, but I love learning more and more about it

    Natalia
    Lindifique

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    1. Awesome! Even many English speakers don't know these words. :]

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  7. Knowledge is power. No one can steal your mind. I always admire people with outstanding vocabulary. These are 3 good words to add to my knowledge. Clairvoyant I hear a lot but never really know what it means. :)

    www.chicuturnonglitz.blogspot.com

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    1. No one can steal your mind! I love it. Very true. I really like using the word clairvoyant now. :]

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  8. Ha ha..no, not a single one, but I know lots of strange Danish words that nobody else uses anymore (in fact I collect them like little vocabulary treasures). Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Oooh ooh. Tell me a strange Danish word! I'm heading to Denmark tomorrow. :]

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  9. Oh..forgot one. Clairvoyant I knew! We use that word for psychic in Denmark:)

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  10. I liked your vocabulary post. I really think everyone learns from them.

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  11. I really enjoy this post! I am a bit of a geek, and I love learning new words!
    WritingMonique

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  12. Actually I really enjoyed reading this post! Very educational, thank you for sharing!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

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  13. hey, Carmen, great post! I enjoyed learning new words. I do not need to be clairvoyant to see that such kind of posts invoke a big interest! ;)
    Thanks for a tiny-teensy dose of education :) was very easy to digest :)

    Why Buy? DIY!
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    1. Haha, that's a good use of clairvoyant. Love it. :]

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  14. ooh ooh ooh! i'm going to try to use all three. because i'm an overachiever and public school education has made me a pro at shoving random words into a single sentence!

    The police officer's clairvoyant sense for subterfuge contributed to the criminal attrition in the town.

    p.s. i've been doing pretty much nothing but blogging and chilling all summer, so i was concerned about having to start school and do work, but you just gave me a little reminder of how much i love school. thanks(:

    http://hellokuo.blogspot.com/

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    1. Kudos to you for fitting all the words in one sentence! Rad! Once you'er done with school, you'll miss it. Then you have to teach yourself. :]

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  15. HA! I love this idea!!!!!! I actually love learning new words! My mom is a translator is always full of interesting words and definitions so it's something I'm used to (and LOVE)

    www.elleisforlove.com

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    1. That's so cool. What language does she translate? :]

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  16. I really like this post idea, you should continue doing it! I always heard the word "subterfuge" but was too lazy to search it up (I know, I'm cringing too), so thank you for helping me finally figure out what it means!

    Angelina Is

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  17. Wow I love new vocabulary! English is not my mother tongue so it is always nice to get new words! Thanks for sharing this.

    Ika
    http://hautehardy.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hope you learned a little something, Ika. :]

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  18. I LOVE learning new words, this is such a cute post idea!

    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

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  19. I love this idea of a blog post! My momma is an English teacher so vocab and grammar are constantly talked about in my house. It's so nice to see it also be talked about on the web! xx

    Kelsey | www.abalancingpeach.com

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    1. Vocab & grammar are essential, especially for a blogger who writes often. :]

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  20. Amazing idea for a post series! Knowledge is power, indeed! That's what my parents taught me and I truly believe that. I only knew 'clairvoyant' and I'm eager to use the other two! As English is not my mother tongue I'm constantly trying to find ways to enrich my English vocabulary so this is very helpful. Thank you so much!
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. That's fantastic, Deb. Glad to pass along a little bit of English & knowledge. :]

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  21. Love this post! Enjoyed reading!
    - Cielo
    www.mermaidinheels.com

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  22. I love learning new words but I have the tendency to use them in the wrong context. Live nd learn I guess. Confessions of an Ex-Ballerina

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    1. It happens! But at least the more you try, the better you'll get. :]

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  23. I knew what clairvoyant was, the other 2 were completely new to me. So thank you for sharing, I learned something new today!

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    1. Phew, glad to be your source of knowledge for the day. :]

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  24. English isn't my primary language, so this blog post is very enriching! I was only familiar with clairvoyant, but wasn't really aware of the correct spelling. Thanks for sharing :-)

    http://www.nearnoise.com

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    1. Hope you can use a new word or two. :]

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  25. I knew all of these words but I only really knew what clairvoyant and attrition meant. I'm all for expanding your vocabulary so this is a great idea for a series!

    & for the sentence: Monika's family decided she was clearly clairvoyant because she had a perfect Bachelorette bracket.

    If you don't know what a Bachelorette/Bachelor Bracket...basically you tally up points, guess the order in which the contestant are eliminated and who the winner is.

    -M
    www.violetroots.com

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    1. I truly had no idea what a Bachelorette bracket was. Now I learned something new. :]

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  26. This is a great post for me, since English is not my first language ;)
    And I do feel like I'm clairvoyant sometimes ;) xo

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  27. Intersting blog post and I definitely learned something today!!!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

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  28. English MA grad, huge word lover ;) spread the knowledge!

    Sarah x

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  29. LOVE this post! So refreshing to see something different for a change!xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

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