Week 1: Juxtapose

This week’s “Word of the Week” is juxtapose.  At times, you may need a word that draws attention to the similarities and/or differences between two items, and the wordjuxtapose does just that.  According to The Merriam-Webster Dictionaryjuxtapose is a verb that means “to place side by side.”  The noun form of juxtapose is juxtaposition.  

Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder further notes, “Juxtaposing is generally done for examination or effect” (304).  For example, “Interior designers constantly make decisions about juxtaposing objects and colors for the best effect.  Juxtaposing two video clips showing the different things that a politician said about the same subject at two different times can be an effective means of criticizing.  The juxtaposition of two similar X-rays can help medical students distinguish between two conditions that may be hard to tell apart.  And advertisements frequently juxtapose ‘before’ and ‘after’ images to show a thrilling transformation” (304-305).

Below are some examples of sentences from recent news articles that use the word juxtapose.

“One of the things we enjoy best when developing a design is to juxtapose modern and vintage pieces.”

“‘The juxtaposition between Iowa government officials closing 36 unemployment offices and federal officials closing more than 170 post offices is different because the state has a plan while federal officials don’t,’ Gov. Terry Branstad said today.”

“The exhibit also provides an opportunity to juxtapose works of art that are rarely viewed together — or rarely on view at all.”

“Manchester’s acumen is to deftly juxtapose the political analysis with highly readable prose, neglecting neither the events nor the reader.”

“The juxtaposition between their environments is stark, as is their worldviews: for Danny, the profundity and agelessness of organisms found at the bottom of the sea validate her distance from her fellow human beings and the perceived importance of our events.  For James, nothing could be more immediate and more real than the specter of death masquerading as bony Somali teenagers with guns calling themselves al-Qaeda.”

“They juxtapose dark content with upbeat melodies.”

For more information on the word juxtapose, please visit the following Web sites:http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/juxtapose

Works Cited:
“Juxtapose.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary. 11th Ed., 2004. Print.
“Juxtapose.” Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder2nd Ed., 2010. Print.

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