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> Aggravating, Irritating
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Generic Words and Specific Words

Generic Words and Specific WordsWords are grouped according to the subjects to which they are related. Words are classified according to the character of their meaning and origin.

A Generic word is one that pertains to a class of related things, such as fabric, shop, products.

A Specific word is one that pertains to a definite class of related things, such as silk, quilter, hardware. These three words are specific equivalents of the three generic words above.

Note that silk, itself specific in relation to fabric, is generic in relation to taffeta (dyed yarn/silk).

Specific words are preferred to generic ones, because they convey clearer and more forceful meanings.

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WORD CLASSES > Connecting Words > Spoken and Written Words > Word Groups > Denotative Words > Connotative Words > Generic Words > Specific Words > Antonyms, Homonyms and Synonyms > Localism and Provincialism Words > New Words > Technical Words > Colloquial Words > Foreign Words > Slang Words > Old Words and Obsolete Words > Anglo-Saxon Words > Latin Words > Name Words > Motion Words > Picture Words > Explanatory Words






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