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distinctive • heritage • usage
revival • evolved • fierce • passionate
  1. St. Patrick's Day has into a holiday for drinking a lot of beer.
  2. She is extremely about reading and is always up to date on book reviews.
  3. He is famous for his criticism when someone makes a mistake.
  4. Scientists are interested in the production and of these old tools.
  5. I can't believe there has been a of those pants. They are were so hideous the first time they were popular.
  6. One of the most interesting thing about this particular bird is its colors.
  7. Now that she is an adult, she is interested in learning more about her family's .
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493 Life in Wales
Steve talks about his time in Wales.

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distinctive

Wales has its own distinctive language and culture as well.

When something is 'distinctive,' it means that it is different and distinguishable from other similar things. Notice the following:

  1. His work is very distinctive from other modern artists.
  2. Even though they are twins, there are a number of distinctive differences between them.

heritage

Welsh people are very, very proud of their language, heritage and culture.

Your 'heritage' is something that relates to your ancestors and your cultural traditions. It is like the cultural history of your family and where it comes from. Notice the following:

  1. She is very proud of her families heritage.
  2. Many of these activities are a reflection of our heritage.

usage or revival

Since the Middle Ages, the usage of the language has declined, but there has been a revival over the last 30-40 years.

The 'usage' of something refers to how or how frequently it is used. If there is a 'revival' of usage, it means that some action recovers from a period where it is not used much and begins to be used again like it was in the past. Notice the following:

  1. I understand the meaning of this word, but I am still confused about its usage.
  2. In recent years, there has been a revival of hippie fashion.

evolved

They've had a different history, and that obviously affects how people have evolved over many centuries.

When something 'evolves,' it changes over a long period of time, usually depending what it needs to survive. Notice the following:

  1. All animals that exist today have had to evolve to survive changes in weather.
  2. Over time this activity has evolved into a game, instead of a wartime ritual.

fierce or passionate

Welsh people are very fierce and very passionate people.

A 'fierce' person would be someone who is intensely aggressive, violent or hostile. When you are 'passionate' about something, you are very excited and emotional about it. Notice the following:

  1. I would never want to get in an argument with her, because she is too fierce.
  2. He is extremely passionate about football.