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[word-lover] 【整理】2016-05-25 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2016-05-25 How to Use a Word

Today's word is jeopardize, spelled J-E-O-P-A-R-D-I-Z-E.

Jeopardize is a verb  that means to expose to danger or risk, to imperil. Here is the word used in a sentence.

Jerry was warned that a continued decrease in his sales performance could jeopardize his chances for a promotion.

It may be hard to believe that the word jeopardize was once controversial, but in 1870 a grammarian called it a foolish and intolerable word, a view shared by many 19th-century critics. The preferred word was jeopard, which first appeared in print in the 14th century. The upstart jeopardize turned up in 1582. In 1828, Noah Webster himself declared jeopardize to be a modern word, used by respectable writers in America, but synonymous with 'jeopard,' and therefore useless. Unfortunately for the champions of jeopard, jeopardize is now much more popular.

With your Word of the Day, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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