New Word #70: C And P

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Commonly Used

scrap: a small piece or amount of something, especially one that is left over after the greater part has been used. It’s often used in “a scrap of paper”, “scrap metal”, “wood scraps”.

scrappy: 1. consisting of disorganized, untidy, or incomplete parts. 2. (informal•North American) determined, argumentative, or pugnacious. “he played the part of a scrappy detective”

crap: something of extremely poor quality.

crappy: of extremely poor quality. People often use this word to describe a thing of bad quality.

cramp: painful involuntary contraction of a muscle or muscles, typically caused by fatigue or strain.”he suffered severe cramps in his foot

clump: a compacted mass or lump of something.”clumps of earth”

crisp: (of a substance) firm, dry, and brittle, especially in a way considered pleasing or attractive. (of a way of speaking or writing) briskly decisive and matter-of-fact, without hesitation or unnecessary detail.

crispy: (of food, typically cooked food) having a pleasingly firm, dry, and brittle surface or texture.

clasp: rasp (something) tightly with one’s hand.

chirp: (typically of a small bird or an insect) utter a short, sharp, high-pitched sound.

chirpy: cheerful and lively.

creep: move slowly and carefully in order to avoid being heard or noticed.

creepy: (informal) causing an unpleasant feeling of fear or unease.

scrape: push or pull a hard or sharp implement across (a surface or object) so as to remove dirt or other matter.

scrape a living: If you say that someone scrapes a living or scratches a living, you mean that they manage to earn enough to live on, but it is very difficult.

chop: cut (something) into pieces with repeated sharp blows of an axe or knife.

choppy: (of a sea or river) having many small waves; having a disjointed or jerky quality. Choppy is often used on writing, like “choppy sentences”, which means sentences that are too short and often repeat the same words.

chopper: one that chops. Actually this word is most often used to refer to a helicopter. You can often hear this word used in the evening news since each TV station has a chopper to be used for different purposes.

chip: a small piece of something removed in the course of chopping, cutting, or breaking a hard material such as wood or stone.

chipper: (informal) cheerful and lively.

champ: a champion

Not Commonly Used

crimp: compress (something) into small folds or ridges.

crusp: apex

cusp: a point of transition between two different states.

scrumptious: (informal adjective) extremely tasty; delicious.

cheep: a shrill squeaky cry made by a bird, typically a young one.

chump: (informal) a foolish or easily deceived person.

chomp: munch or chew vigorously and noisily.

41 thoughts on “New Word #70: C And P

        1. Yeah I plan on buying some tomorrow when I go to Walmart. I just can’t resist chips especially cassava chips. They’re not very popular here but I was able to find some and now I’m addicted.

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    1. They used to confuse me so much that I don’t know which is which. Guess what, Americans love to use at least one or two of them each day to replace more formal English. There should be a course on informal English for non-native speakers like us, but there’s no such thing in existence.

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      1. In the UK, non-British workers in hospitals can attend classes in informal English to deal with the slang and euphemisms of everyday life. IELTS students also need to know a lot of idioms, expressions and non-standard language in order to attain a high score (ace the test). Great list – keep it up.

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        1. Wow, that will be an interesting class to attend. LOL. Since there are so many informal words that if one doesn’t know the informal ones, one may have difficulty understand people.

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    1. Wow, my mouth is watering just to read the words like chopped onions and mashed potatoes. I will need to get some fresh potatoes this weekend to cook a potato pancake with chopped spring onions. Yes, it is yummy. 😋

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