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I hate words that start with acq. The c seems so utterly useless. As a result, despite knowing how to spell them correctly, I have a natural tendency to want to spell them without the c. Thank goodness for spell checkers.

I mean, really. Would you pronounce acquaint any differently if it were spelled aquaint? I wouldn’t. But it’s not spelled that way, so don’t copy my usage of that incorrect spelling.

The same goes for all of the other acq words that are going to follow immediately after this entry. When I say, “The same goes for …” I mean that they are all spelled with a c not that I’m going to provide an example of an incorrect spelling of each of those words without the requisite c. One of those examples is quite enough, thank you very much.

But enough about the superfluous c. What does acquaint mean? Acquaint is a verb that means to get to know, but not in-depth. What you get to know may be a subject or piece of knowledge, such as, to use the past tense, “I am acquainted with the ways of romance,” or, “I am now, but only just now, acquainted with the meaning of the word acquaint.”

History would suggest that the first example does not apply to me. I haven’t had much success in that area.

If someone asks you if the second example is the case with you, it’s sort of a “when did you stop beating your wife” question, isn’t it? If you say no, it implies that you don’t know the meaning of the word acquaint, which doesn’t reflect at all well on you, literacy-wise.

If you say yes, you’re saying that you only just now became acquainted with the meaning of the word acquaint. I’m truly honored to have helped you with that, but, what does that say about your level of literacy? Atrocious, if you ask me.

Acquaint is a very common word. You should have become acquainted with it much sooner than this. If you didn’t, it suggests, as I said above, that your literacy is somewhat below where it should be. In that case, I suggest you follow along with me on this little Words Project adventure because you will likely learn other words, such as “great,” “balls,” “of,” and “fire.” However, I’m only on the words beginning with a right now, so you’ll have to be patient if you want to learn about those words from this project.

What you become acquainted with might not be a what at all, but rather a who. You can become acquainted with someone, although, if you’re like me, you’ll probably forget their face and name very quickly unless they become more than merely an acquaintance. In that case, the next time you see them you’ll likely greet them with, “hey, how’re you doing? Great to see you,” hoping that there won’t be a need to come up with the name you’ve forgotten.

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