October 16, 2012

Devising a Device

Devise is a verb that means you are coming up with a plan to make or do something. It is the planning stage of any project. You can devise a plot for a book, or devise someone's murder...which would make a good plot for a book, come to think of it.

Device is a noun. It is a tool of some sort.

You might use many devices to carry out the plan you devised. Remember them this way: a tool is a concrete thing. You can pick it up and hold it in your hand. Device has a “c” for “concrete”. An idea is abstract. If you tried to pick it up, it would slip through your fingers. Devise has an “s” in it, for “slip through your fingers”.


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