Here is part nine in my new series, where I take a look at the weird and wonderful world of words. If you missed part one, please click here. You’ll find part two here and part three here. For part four click here. Now for parts five, six, seven and eight.
Q. What’s the difference between the words ‘adverse’ and ‘averse’?
A. Adverse means unfavourable/harmful. It tends to be used to describe conditions and effects e.g.:
The weather had no adverse effect on the harvest this year.
Averse means to be opposed to/having a strong dislike e.g.:
I am not averse to doing the washing up.
Interesting word of the week:
Meaning: Someone who never laughs.
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