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Revenge is most commonly used as a noun, e.g. "I vow to take revenge on him for stealing my girlfriend." The words "to take" are optional, and you could just as easily say: "I vow revenge...". You can also substitute "upon" for "on", but it sounds more pompous. Revenge is less commonly used as a verb. The construction is always in a very specific form, from ...
I believe what you have heard is an eggcorn. It's simply someone who has misheard and reused the phrase "I'll avenge".
Consound it, concern it and consarn it are all minced oaths for confound it, which is itself a minced oath for damn it, in turn arguably a minced oath for God damn it.
"Consound it" means the same thing as "confound it". My guess is that the interjection "confound it" was thought to be too strong in Hannibal, Missouri, at the time of Mark Twain's childhood. So people changed the pronunciation slightly to avoid using "bad words". (I don't see anything objectionable in "confound it", but maybe it was perceived as a ...
No, this is a mistake of one or another sort. The adjective scathing per the OED means: Of invective, etc.: Very sharp and damaging; searing, ‘withering’, cutting. And for the derived adverb scathingly, it provides such citations as: 1847 Tait’s Mag. XIV. 238 ― A feeling of his insignificance flashed scathingly on the quivering pride of Robert ...
Yes, majoritively is a word. As one of our resident professional linguists so succinctly put it: If you use the word when speaking English, then it is an English word. Now that that’s out of the way, what are we to make of the word majoritively? To start with, it comes from applying two common, productive suffixes to the existing word majority: -ive ...
I think it is just a general interjection ... used in place of a profanity that "polite society" would disapprove. My father used to say, "Confound it".
I have never encountered the word submit used with "money"; it is sometimes used with "payment" - but that would mean paying for something, which is different from what you usually do in a bank. COCA (the corpus of Contemporary American English) does not have a single instance of "submit money" (or of "submit the money" or "submit some money").
You are right to be careful as to words suggested as the word of the day. They are often very academic and not used in normal everyday language. Modern dictionaries give hints about the frequency of words. So the Longman Dictionary of Contempory English has indications such as S2 W3 meaning the word is one of the 2000 most common words in spoken English, ...
To add on to the other excellent suggestions, I would like to mention Simon and Garfunkel's songs, which are often extremely moving and meaningful, with very deep (and often richly ironic) lyrics. An example: I am a Rock. Note that the vocals may not be exceptionally clear, so try to find videos with lyrics (like the one I linked). Another great song is Don ...
The term etiological myth seems like a good match for your description. According to Wikipedia: An etiological myth, or origin myth, is a myth intended to explain the origins of cult practices, natural phenomena, proper names and the like. For example, the name Delphi and its associated deity, Apollon Delphinios, are explained in the Homeric Hymn which ...
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