Pronunciations

Term Meaning Correctly I thought it was Blame Guidance
astable Having no stable states a-stable, to nearly rhyme with “Ray’s table” ast + -able, similar to “askable” using “t” in place of “k” Read, not heard The core of this word is “stable”. Also, I don’t speak any dialect that has “ast” as a verb. See also “bistable”.
bistable Having two stable states bi- + stable, to nearly rhyme with “Guy’s table” bist + -able, to rhyme with “listable“. Read, not heard The core of this word is “stable”. Also, I don’t speak any dialect that has “bist” as a verb. See also “astable”.
comparator A module (such as an electronic component or a software class) that outputs a comparison the values of multiple inputs /kəmˈpærətər/, with the accent on the second syllable, similar to “comparison” /ˈkɒmpəˌreɪtər/, with the accent on the first syllable, similar to “carburetor” Read, not heard; also, this pronunciation does exist in some dictionaries but isn’t the most common The accent in “compare” and “comparison” is also on the second syllable.
impedance A circuit’s opposition to alternating current /ɪmˈpidns/, with the accent on the second syllable, similar to “impede” /ˈɪmpədəns/, with the accent on the first syllable, dreadfully similar to “impotence” Read, not heard (surprisingly, learned this word before the word “impotence”) The core of this word is “impede”. One might also refer to the magnitude of a panicked rush of a group of animals as “stampedance”.
treatise A formal, written work on a subject Basically rhymes with “fetus” As if treat + -ize, or like “tray o’ teas”, etc. Knew this one, but have friends who didn’t who would claim read, not heard If the rhyme with “fetus” doesn’t stick, your head’s pretty slippery.

Spelling

Term Meaning I thought it was Blame Guidance
ulterior Other than or beyond what is stated or obvious “alterior” Heard, not read, in a region where “alt” and “ult” can sound similar; association with the word “alternate” with the “other/beyond” part of the definition I still avoid this word.
shoo-in A very likely winner “shoe-in”, suggesting an image of golf wherein the player decides the ball is close enough to the hole to nudge in with his shoe. We had Microsoft Golf around the time I learned the word and I unfortunately associated its animation for a “gimmie” with this. I still avoid this.

Definitions

Term Meaning I thought it meant Blame Guidance
obviate To prevent or to preventatively make unnecessary To make obvious It seemed to make sense from the roots. It’s actually a false friend to “obvious”. Since I found out what this word means I tend not to need it. A single word for “make obvious” would be far more useful.

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