Acrimonious and Aberrant

The first word for today is acrimonious. Acrimonious (ak-ruh-moh-nee-uhs) is an adjective that means full of or displaying anger and resentment, bitter, spiteful, hostile, unfriendly. Someone can make an acrimonious comment to you if they were unhappy with something you did. Many times people who are in the process of divorcing (or even after divorce) say acrimonious things to their ex-spouse. Their comments are caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature.

If you had a business deal go sour, you might do or say acrimonious things to the person who made it go bad. If you really, really, really wanted to do something or to get something and then you couldn’t, you might say acrimonious things to express your disappointment.

The next word is aberrant. Aberrant (ab-er-uhnt) is an adjective that means deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal. You can have aberrant behavior such as delinquency or crime. Sometimes people with compulsive disorders have aberrant behavior like washing their hands ten times before eating. Or someone might have aberrant ideas. Thinking that a diet consisting solely of tofu and water is healthy is aberrant thinking – most normal people, in their normal patterns of thinking do not believe this.   In fact, it’s aberrant thinking to think that tofu is tasty!

‘Til next time!

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