Example sentences for: acquaintance

How can you use “acquaintance” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Popsies date back to 1862 as an endearing designation: Popsy have you seen my toothbrush? and, according to the OED is a kind of running extension of pop , an endearing appellation for a girl friend, woman, a casual female acquaintance.

  • Some praise the show for its self-parodic dialogue and realistic characters who are "as annoying and self-absorbed--as people of your own acquaintance" (Barbara Phillips, the Wall Street Journal ). Others say they have no interest in watching "spineless, whiny, indecisive nitwits" (Tom Shales, the Washington Post ).

  • Lederer and Schenkerman put the word cockamamy (or cockamamie ) at the head of a list of Yiddish words found in English as published in Webster's Third New International Dictionary . I have spoken Yiddish since childhood, have a fairly wide reading knowledge and acquaintance with various levels and styles of the language, but have never come across a word or phrase resembling cockamamy . It simply has no meaning in that language.

  • So even when killers are as peculiar as Furrow, Dahmer, or Ted Kaczynski, the neighbors make a Herculean effort to present their homicidal acquaintance as banal.

  • In 1729 Benjamin Franklin said a journalist ought to be qualified with an extensive acquaintance with languages, a great easiness and command of writing and relating things clearly and intelligibly, and, in a few words, he should be able to speak of war both by land and sea, be well acquainted with geography, with the history of the time, with the several interests of princes and states, the secrets of courts, and the manners and customs of all nations.


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