In our Word of the Week we had a number of fabulous words. I loved meander, which is a bend in a river – but it also means when anything takes a bendy rather than a straight line… I thought predominantly was a great word, and it means mainly or mostly ( a child has just come and told me that my top is predominantly black – which it is today 🙂 ) We had the words, rhyme and vocabulary which are words that most of us can use already. One class came up with the word ancient, which is interesting because it can mean long, long ago (like thousands of years) but it can also mean outdated – so a mobile phone, one of the old ones, could be called ancient – and even poor Mr Brian is old enough to be called ancient 🙁
But enthusiasm – what a lovely word. We have enthusiastic children at Ivanhoe who are full of enthusiasm about all sorts of things…It means being very keen, or very passionate about something. (It actually comes from the ancient Greek language and means: “possessed by a god,” and it comes from the Greek word entheos, “divinely inspired or possessed,” combining the roots en, “in,” and theos, “god.”)
- Mr Brian was very enthusiastic about Ivanhoe school; he loved coming to school each day.
- The football fan was full of enthusiasm for his team.
- The child got on with her homework enthusiastically.
We had another fantastic selection of words this week – and in the end I have chosen precision for the word of the week. It is a word that has been around for a long time – it comes from the Latin language from thousands of years ago. If you do something with precision, you do it exactly, or accurately or correctly. You can also say, precise and precisely…
- I want you to get to school at precisely 8.40 am. (and that means exactly at 8.40…not 8.39 and not 8.41)
- He used great precision to cut the cake exactly in two so that neither child thought the other had a bigger piece.
- I had quite a few grapes in my lunchbox: 23 to be precise.
I even found a quote from Lionel Messi about the word!!! ” In football as in watchmaking, talent and elegance mean nothing without rigour and precision…” Lionel Messi.
We had lots of other lovely words: exaggerate, adjective, traumatic, paradoxical, motivation and onomatopoeia…
Let’s see how many of these words we can use 🙂
We had some more great choices today; we had quintessential – (being the most typical example or most important part of something) we had reciprocate – (respond to a gesture or action by making a corresponding one) and nomadic – (living a wandering life.) We also had disguise ( which comes from the French word desguiser, which meant to change your usual type of dress, but now has a slightly changed meaning) and evaluate – ( which means to form an idea of the amount of something.) Finally, we had expression 🙂
But I loved preposterous 🙂 which means absurd or ridiculous… if an idea is a really daft one…
- The idea of Mr Brian winning X-Factor is a preposterous idea…
- It is preposterous to think that a school might be better than Ivanhoe.
- Stella thought that it was preposterous when she was given seven homeworks on one night!
Do feel free to use any of these words in a sentence – and start thinking of next week’s word of the week.