Obviate, Judicious, Placate

I have been to a family reunion for the last three days and therefore unable to post to this blog — and unable to post a podcast. We were at Zion’s National Park in southern Utah. Had a great time but no Internet access . . .

But this experience lends itself to good examples for one of today’s word. That word is obviate (ob-vee-eyt). Obviate is a verb that means to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by taking effective measures. To obviate (prevent) heat exhaustion on our hikes, we wore hats, carried water, and rested often in the shade. To obviate (anticipate and eliminate) misery and pain, we wore sun screen so we wouldn’t get sunburned. We also used insect repellent so we wouldn’t get mosquito bites. To obviate boredom, there were games, activities, hikes, canoeing, and lots of good food.

The next word is judicious. Judicious (joo-dish-uhs) is an adjective that means having or exercising good judgment. Wise. Practical. Good sense. A person could be judicious in the use of his time or his money — which would mean that he uses his time and money wisely.  Because of the high cost of gas, a person would be judicious (exercising good judgment) to combine errands into one trip so he could save on gas. A person could make a judicious (wise) decision about which job take. A husband and wife could be judicious in prioritizing what furniture or appliances they need to buy for their home — they use common sense to buy things that are necessary before purchasing things that would be considered a luxury.

The last word for today is placate. Placate (pley-keyt) is a verb that means to appease, calm, soothe, or satisfy. If you placate someone, you do something that will make them happier, less angry, less upset. To placate (calm) an angry customer, a waiter might give the customer a free meal. If a husband forgets his wife’s birthday, he might buy her a dozen roses to placate her (calm her or regain her good will). If a baby is cranky, a parent might sing the baby a song or gently bounce the baby with the hopes that the baby will be placated (calmed or soothed).

To placate my blog readers, I decided to post something today instead of waiting until tomorrow to write a post!

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