July 24, 2012
gist (noun)
\JIST\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the ground of a legal action2 : the main point or part : essence
How do you use it?
I was late for the meeting, so Darcy gave me the gist of what I missed.
Are you a word wiz?

Which sentence do you think uses "gist" correctly?

If you chose A, you got the gist of "gist." Sentence B uses "gist" as a noun, but it does not make sense. Either "knowledge" or "understanding" would be better choices there. Sentence C uses "gist" as a verb, so it can't be right. The verb "summarize" would make a good replacement. Sentence D uses "gist" as an adjective, not a noun, so it is definitely wrong. The word "just" meaning "reasonable" or "fair" would make sense in this context. Only sentence A uses "gist" with the correct meaning and part of speech.
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