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It’s a delicate subject, and we need to approach it with gingerly [ˈdʒɪn.dʒər.li] care and tact.
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As one 20th-century usage writer commented, “Qua is sometimes thought affected or pretentious, but it does convey meaning economically.”

Qua’s meaning is quite specific—it can substitute for the phrase “in the capacity or character of” or the preposition as in the right context,

as in “they wanted to enjoy the wine qua [kwɑː] wine, not as a status symbol.”

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"Despite the hurdles, comedians continue to negotiate their inalienable [ɪˈneɪ.li.ə.bl̩] need to do stand-up to the point that money comes as a secondary concern." — Jake Kroeger, The Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2023
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The puppy managed to purloin [pərˈlɔɪn] a few cookies from the plate when no one was looking.
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To win the Kentucky Derby, a Thoroughbred must run 10 furlongs [ˈfɜrlɔŋ], or one and 1/4 miles.
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"Pet owners can have a tougher time finding apartments because of the surfeit [ˈsɜrfɪt]of landlords who don't allow dogs, cats or other animals in their buildings." — Andrew J. Campa, The Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024
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“That Jagger can still sing and dance up a storm, at 80, is a triumph for him and should provide a vicarious [vaɪˈkɛriəs] thrill for anyone who attends a concert by the Rolling Stones next year.” — George Varga, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Dec. 2023
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The issue will be decided under the aegis [ˈiːdʒɪs] of an international organization.
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Our hopes for an apology and a reasonable explanation for the error were met with fatuous [ˈfætʃuəs] platitudes.
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Some scientists have conjectured [kənˈdʒɛktʃər] that Jupiter’s moon Europa could sustain life.
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The refugees gathered in a hilly redoubt [rɪˈdaʊt] several miles from the outskirts of town.
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Many gardeners promote composting as being good environmental praxis [ˈpræksɪs].
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The coach lambasted [læmˈbeɪst] the team for its poor play.
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The images of the underwater cave show a strange world of ethereal [ɪˈθɪriəl] beauty.
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“Godzilla has long been seen as a symbolic representation of the nuclear devastation that Japan suffered, and that theme is evident here as well. But Godzilla Minus One adds a more personal dimension in the form of Koichi’s lingering trauma; the only way he thinks he’ll be able to expiate [ˈɛkspiˌeɪt] his guilt is by destroying the monster.” — Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Dec. 2023
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His braggadocio [ˌbræɡəˈdoʊʃiˌoʊ] hid the fact that he felt personally inadequate.
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I was left feeling flabbergasted [ˈflæbərˌɡæstɪd], discombobulated [dɪs.kəmˈbɑːbjəˌleɪtɪd] and totally Bamboozled [bæmˈbuːzəld] by the shenanigans and sheer tomfoolery [tɒmˈfuːləri], which were a mere lollygag [ˈlɑliˌɡæɡ]. The malarkey [məˈlɑrki] caused a real brouhaha and an absolute kerfuffle. Everything had turned into a cattywampus [ˌkætiˈwɒmpəs] and as a result I felt like a nincompoop [ˈnɪŋkəmˌpuːp] so it was time for me to skedaddle [skɪˈdædl]!
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From the moment we met, we felt connected; we knew it was kismet [ˈkɪz.mɛt].
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The politician was criticized for genuflecting [ˈdʒɛn.jəˌflɛkt] to corporate interests.
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"Half of the workforce was laid off, but those whose roles turned out to be somewhat critical were then begged to return. Some unlucky engineers were dragooned [drəˈɡun] into launching the new Twitter Blue feature, which would charge users $7.99 per month for a 'verified' check mark; the rollout was catastrophic." — Sheon Han, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2024
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