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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 (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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