Welcome to our latest rendition of the Connotative Words Series. If you’re searching for the perfect word to describe that certain someone who has caught you’re eye then you’re in luck: today we’ll help you learn other ways to say cute.
We usually associate the word cute with young or small people, animals or things that are both attractive and endearing (inspiring our affection). But we can also use the word for people around our age or (especially young) adults that we find sexually appealing or whose company we enjoy very much. For example, saying “I think the new secretary is really cute.”Context makes all the difference. A similar word without this problem is adorable, meaning people and things that are easy to love because they are very attractive, often small or young. Another example is delightful, which we use for someone whose presence makes us feel pleasure, happiness or satisfaction. This is especially true for babies, animals, and very attractive people or things. Sometimes they’re so charming we that we can’t take our eyes off of them!
Be careful, though: the word cute also has a negative connotation, which is used throughout the English-speaking world. For example, in the statement “Mary is usually nice, but can get cute to have what she wants”, cute means cunning or deceiving. It refers to very clever people or manners which make others believe that certain things are true, even when they’re obviously not. Their intention is usually to persuade, trick or profit from their victims. The word cute can also mean impertinent or disrespectful, for example when we say: “Don’t play cute with me.” Similar-meaning words include clever (very smart), slick (dishonestly skillful and intelligent), and crafty (skillful in a dishonest way). The reason for all this is pretty easy to explain: Cute was originally a reduction of the word acute, an work which means an admirably quick and penetrating intelligence. Present-day style guides say this usage is old-fashioned, and suggest sharp to express mental acuity instead.
So, proceed with caution but remember to have fun with these different ways to say cute. Let us know your comments and suggestions, and make sure you check our main page for more practice with these and other Connotative Words.
We would like to think that all businesses conduct themselves in a moral and legally responsible way but, alas, we do not live in a perfect world. It is with the companies and individuals in mind that we dedicate this installment to idioms about dishonesty.
ill-gotten gains – money acquired in a dishonest or illegal manner.
- His ill-gotten gains were seized by the government when he was arrested for fraud.
Note: To seize is to another way to say “to take quick and forcible possession of.” It is synonymous with confiscate.
to line your own pocket – to take advantage of a situation purely for your personal financial benefit.
- He had been lining his pockets for years with company funds.
Note: Pocket is also used in another idiom related to bad business: to be in someone’s pocket. This means that someone is controlled by someone else because of bribes that they pay you (e.g., the gangster had the corrupt official in his pocket).
to cook the books – to falsify financial records.
- They concealed millions of dollars in losses by cooking the books.
Note: The books here refer to accounting ledgers and so a related idiom is “to keep two sets of books”.
under the table – something done secretly (and usually illegally) in the business world.
- To avoid paying taxes, they paid some of their employees under the table.
Note: If this idiom is used to qualify a noun or a noun phrase, hyphens must be used, as in “under-the-table payments.”
money laundering – to conceal the source of illegally-obtained money so that it is believed to be legitimate.
- They had been using other smaller companies to launder money until they were caught.
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Some things are universal and others are not. While many aspects of college courses are similar to their high school equivalents, there are some unique aspects of college coursework. Take a look at this collection of school vocabulary about college classes and you will understand why.
an easy A – a class that require little effort to make an A in
- Everyone I knew took Wildlife Issues because it was such an easy A.
as easy as ABC – used to describe something that is basic and simple to understand
- Quantum mechanics isn’t that hard! Once you get the hang of it, it is as easy as ABC.
Note: An alternate version of this, naturally, is as easy as 1-2-3.
a weed out class – a class that is extremely difficult and used to eliminate people from a certain discipline before they have taken many classes
- I wanted to study Finance so I took Financial Accounting my first semester at Uni – how was I supposed to know it was a weed out class? I have never worked so hard for a C in my life!
back to basics – to start from the beginning in order to compensate for missing information
- After Alejandra’s third failed attempt at a cake, we decided it was back to basics with her baking lessons.
get credit for something – to be officially recognized for something
- When you are trying to survive a weed out class, getting credit for it is more important than acing it.
Note: As in the above example, in college the something is usually a course. For example “I got credit for my AP exams and started college as a sophomore.”
honor roll – the list of students with above average grades
- I made honor roll twice times in my Junior year.
Note: Alternate names for the honor roll at the university level include Dean’s List and President’s List.
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