Make Grammar Fun with A Word With You

Agreeable: pleasing to the senses or to somebody’s taste

pleasant, friendly, and ready to please others

willing to consent to or consider something

good enough or suitable for somebody

I’ve been killing my long commute every morning with books on tape—or to be precise, audio books on my iPod.  This week’s offering happens to be Pride and Prejudice. It’s a lovely book, and a long-winded one positively stuffed to the gills with twenty dollar words and phrses and colloquialisms that are sadly long gone. Agreeable being an-oft used one and a word you almost never hear anymore. More’s the pity.

Jane liked the word agreeable and used it in each and every one of it’s definitions. Elizabeth’s sister Jane was agreeable, Mr. Bingley was decidely agreeable, the English countryside was agreeable and Elizabeth’s friend Miss Lucas was most agreeable. And yes, I’m going to say that Jane did indeed rather overuse this rather bland little word—at least if feels more that way having it read aloud by a soft-spoken English accent. It’s still a good word. A very agreeable word.

Grammar Punk Sentence: L E 4 Agreeable

Though entirely and noticeably agreeable on the surface, everyone knew that beneath Stu’s clown makeup there lurked a grouch.

Teachers of English, grammar, and writing, challenge your students to see how agreeable—or disagreeable characters in their favorite books can be. Then write about it.