Difficult Words :
Tout and Touchstone
Difficult Words : Tout and Touchstone
Touchstone (TUCH STONE) n: a standard, a test of authenticity or quality
In its original usage, a touchstone was a dark stone against which gold and other precious metals were rubbed in order to test their purity. Now the word is used more loosely to describe a broad range of standard and tests.
The size of student's vocabulary is a useful touchstone for judging the quality of his or her education.
A candidate's pronouncements about the economy provided a touchstone by which his or her fitness for office could be judged.
(tout) v: to praise highly, to brag publicly about
Advertisements touted the chocolate-flavored toothpaste as the one which would get rid of your sweet tooth while saving your teeth.
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