Extricate vs. Extirpate - What's the difference?


  • Extricate

    Extricate is the 12th album by post-punk band the Fall. It was made immediately after bandleader Mark E. Smith divorced guitarist Brix Smith. Brix's departure helped define the sound of this album: her background vocals and relatively pop-oriented guitar, which had become mainstays of The Fall, are noticeably absent in this release. In one of the more unusual events in the group's career, she was replaced by founding former member Martin Bramah, who had previously left the group in 1979 to form his own group Blue Orchids. Lead-off single "Telephone Thing" could have been seen as a nod to the Manchester scene of the time as the sound is quite similar to the dance-influenced music that was being released by Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses in 1989. However, its origins were in Smith's previous collaboration with Coldcut on their track "I'm in Deep", which, in turn, led to Coldcut producing the track and "Black Monk Theme Part II", one of two tracks by 60s garage band The Monks to be covered on the album (the other being "Black Monk Theme" – The Fall retitled both tracks). Elsewhere, Bramah, appearing on his first Fall album since Live at the Witch Trials adds a distinctly raw, even rockabilly sound to some of the songs. However, the album's best-known track was one of the least typical of the group's catalogue: "Bill Is Dead", a slow-paced tender love song which topped John Peel's Festive Fifty that year, the only occasion in the DJ's lifetime when his favourite band would do so. Although originally conceived by Smith and Craig Scanlon as a parody of The Smiths, Smith changed lyrical tack when he decided Scanlon's music deserved better, delivering a highly personal lyric. However, at Smith's insistence, it was not released as a single.The critical reception to Extricate was largely positive, with Melody Maker suggesting that it was "possibly their finest yet" and NME giving the album a full 10/10. During the Australian leg of the tour accompanying the album, both Martin Bramah and Marcia Schofield were sacked from the group. The album was re-released in an expanded and re-mastered edition by Universal in May 2007.


  • Extricate (verb)

    To free, disengage, loosen, or untangle.

    "I finally managed to extricate myself from the tight jacket."

    "The firemen had to use the jaws of life to extricate Monica from the car wreck."

  • Extricate (verb)

    To free from intricacies or perplexity

  • Extirpate (verb)

    To clear an area of roots and stumps.

  • Extirpate (verb)

    To pull up by the roots; uproot.


  • Extirpate (verb)

    To destroy completely; to annihilate.


    "The cougar was extirpated across nearly all of its eastern North American range in the two centuries after European colonization."

  • Extirpate (verb)

    To surgically remove.


Oxford Dictionary

  • Extricate (verb)

    free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty

    "he was trying to extricate himself from official duties"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    eradicate or destroy completely

    "timber wolves were extirpated from New England more than a century ago"

Webster Dictionary

  • Extricate

    To free, as from difficulties or perplexities; to disentangle; to disembarrass; as, to extricate a person from debt, peril, etc.

  • Extricate

    To cause to be emitted or evolved; as, to extricate heat or moisture.

  • Extirpate

    To pluck up by the stem or root; to root out; to eradicate, literally or figuratively; to destroy wholly; as, to extirpate weeds; to extirpate a tumor; to extirpate a sect; to extirpate error or heresy.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Extricate (verb)

    release from entanglement of difficulty;

    "I cannot extricate myself from this task"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    destroy completely, as if down to the roots;

    "the vestiges of political democracy were soon uprooted"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    pull up by or as if by the roots;

    "uproot the vine that has spread all over the garden"

  • Extirpate (verb)

    surgically remove (an organ)




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