I is for

Illusion, n. something which deceives
Allusion, n. a casual reference
Elusion, n. evasion

While defending his elusion from the police, Bob made an allusion to the many illusions Houdini once performed.

(see also elude/allude in E is for)

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Insure, v. guarantee against loss or harm
Assure, v. to pledge or promise
Ensure, v. to make sure or certain

Having ensured the agent was on his way, I assured Gary that we would take care of everything; we had insured the house against natural disasters.

NB: insure can often be used in place of ensure, but ensure generally cannot be used in place of insure

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In, prep. (showing containment within something)
n. influence with person of power
Inn, n. tavern or small hotel

Because Jenny had an in with the owner of the Come On Inn, a small hotel in Burlington, we were guaranteed a place to stay.

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Immigrate, v. to come to a place
(usually a country and establish as a new residence)
Emigrate, v. to leave from a place
(usually a country to establish residence elsewhere)

The Puritans emigrated from England to escape persecution. They immigrated to the New World to follow their own religious beliefs without fear.

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Isle, n. a small island
I’ll, contraction of “I will”
Aisle, n. a walkway between or along seats

I’ll walk down the aisle in an old stone church on the Isle of Man.

 

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Definitions used or adapted from dictionary.com
See also: Intro, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, Outro

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6 thoughts on “I is for

    • maggiemcg says:

      Cool! I’ll confess that I didn’t know it was a word until I was checking out the definitions of illusion and allusion. 🙂

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