Your “prayers not answered” means your “expectations not fulfilled.” The TAO wisdom explains why: your attachments to careers, money, relationships, and success “make” but also “break” you by creating your flawed ego-self that demands your “expectations to be fulfilled.”

Thursday, February 6, 2020

These Words May Be Confusing

Common Commonplace

Common: shared or used by many; commonplace: ordinary and not very interesting.

e.g. Smoking in an enclosed area is common nuisance.

e.g. To be healthy and wealthy is a common New Year’s resolution.

e.g. Running may be a commonplace sport for many.

Approve / Approve of

means pgive consent to; approve of means think well of.

e.g. Your proposal will not be approved by the committee.

e.g. We approve of our daughter’s marriage to that promising young man.

A few / Few

A few: not many with a more positive meaning; few: not many with a more negative meaning.

e.g. A few people might ask for your help (some, not too many).

e.g. We were disappointed that only few people showed up (hardly any).

Defuse / Diffuse

Defuse: decrease the danger, such as deactivate a bomb; diffuse: spread over a wide area.

e.g. It is difficult to defuse the conflicts in the Middle East.

e.g. Once you open the bottle of fragrant herbs, their scents will diffuse.

Read Peruse
Readlook at and understand; peruseread thoroughly.

e.g. Don’t just read through the document; you have to peruse it to see if there is any hidden code.

Masterful Masterly

determined, strong-willed, like a master; masterly means having good skills.

e.g. He has demonstrated that he is a masterful personality.

e.g. This is a masterly piece of performance

cause someone to suffer; inflict: punish or put a burden on someone.

e.g. For years, he has been afflicted with muscle pain.

e.g. The tyrant had inflicted punishment on those who opposed him.

Farther / Further

Father:  refers to greater distance; further:  with more or greater intensity.

e.g. Our new house is farther from the lake than from the river.

e.g. The demonstration only led to further racial tension. 

Stephen Lau
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