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ef·fron·ter·y

iˈfrəntərē

 Effrontery: behavior or an attitude that is so bold or arrogant as to be insulting

 Late 17th cent.: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- ‘shameless, barefaced,’ from ex- ‘out’ + frons ‘forehead

This is one of those words that is just not used enough. Which is a shame since it’s been around so long. And it has forehead in it! The idea of effrontery is certainly with us, just read the tabloids in the supermarket line sometime.

Teachers, this is a great word to explore with your students. Challenge them to think of examples of effrontery. It shouldn’t be hard. Then get them writing about it.

Grammar Punk Sentence: D E 3 effrontery

Appalled at the sheer effrontery of the number of zombies, Jessica vowed to never attend another costume party in this lifetime.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk sentence using at least 3 words with the letters D and E and the word effrontery.

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Minions: someone unimportant obeying someone more powerful. An unimportant person who has to do what a more powerful person tells them to do.

No, I didn’t just watch Despicable Me, but I love this word. And thanks to that humorous movie it has enjoyed resurgence. The fact is, outside of comic book villain type movies it is a little-used word and it shouldn’t be.

On the other hand, minions, real minions should be a thing of the past; it is not a nice position to be in—for the minion. The fact that the days of minions is much more of a thing of the past is a good thing. Now we’re just subordinates, underlings, substitute teachers and administrative assistants. Much better than being referred to as a minion…sort of.

Teachers of English and grammar this is a great word to use on your students. Ask them to define the word and see how close they come to the real definition. Then ask them for examples of minions through history and in the present. Then write about it.

 Grammar Punk Sentence: K E minion

As many menial jobs as he had held in his life, there was nothing quite like being a donut hole stuffer to make Clarence feel as if he were truly a minion of the bakery world.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk sentence that contains at least 2 words with the letters K and E and the word minion.

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Id vs. I’d

I’d: Contraction of the words I and would.

Id: psychology : a part of a person’s unconscious mind that relates to basic needs and desires

Not to be confused with ID or a shortcut for the word identification

Nor with the abbreviation of the state of Idaho

 This is not precisely a homonym or even a heteronym but you have to admit it’s interesting.

1920s: from Latin, literally ‘that,’ translating German es . The term was first used in this sense by Freud, following use in a similar sense by his contemporary, Georg Groddeck.

Knowing the etymology of this particular word isn’t really all that helpful. I’ve seen it translated to mean it or that, neither really helps to understand how they went from there to denoting part of our unconscious mind.

The word id certainly has no connection to the contraction I’d but still I find it fascinating that this small word is so similar to another supremely self-involved ideas such as I had or I would. No doubt it’s just a coincidence but it’s an interesting one.

Teachers, discuss this concept with your students. Get them talking about their own ids, even your own. Then write about it

Grammar Punk Sentence: C U 3 id and I’d

I’d be careful analyzing that guy,” Stanley warned his colleague sincerely, “His id is pretty peculiar.”

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk Sentence with at least 3 words that contain the letters B and E and the words id and I’d.

 

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Quondam: former or sometime

I really hate to admit but I’d never heard of this one. Which is a shame because it is a handy little word. It comes from 16th century
Latin. Quondum which means at one time or formerly.

Teachers of English, I strongly urge you to fit this handy and little used word as well as many others I’ve illuminated in his blog
into yours—and your students lexicons—lest they disappear forever which would truly be a shame. Make a fun grammar lesson out of it by challenging them to use the word in several sentences.

Grammar Punk Sentence: G I 3 quondam

Hoping to regain his quondam days of glory, Jenkins refused to give up bowling.

Write a Grammar Punk sentence that contains at least three words with the letters G and I and the word quondam.

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ef·fron·ter·y

iˈfrəntərē

 Effrontery: behavior or an attitude that is so bold or arrogant as to be insulting

 Late 17th cent.: from French effronterie, based on late Latin effrons, effront- ‘shameless, barefaced,’ from ex- ‘out’ + frons ‘forehead

This is one of those words that is just not used enough. Which is a shame since it’s been around so long. And it has forehead in it! The idea of effrontery is certainly with us, just read the tabloids in the supermarket line sometime.

Teachers, this is a great word to explore with your students. Challenge them to think of examples of effrontery. It shouldn’t be hard. Then get them writing about it.

Grammar Punk Sentence: D E 3 effrontery

Appalled at the sheer effrontery of the number of zombies, Jessica vowed to never attend another costume party in this lifetime.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk sentence using at least 3 words with the letters D and E and the word effrontery.

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Perspicacious

Having or showing an ability to notice and understand things that are difficult or not obvious

Of acute mental vision or discernment: keen

This is a particularly snooty sort of word describing a person worthy of snootiness. If one can show an ability to notice things others don’t they deserve an ostentatious word like perspicacious.

Teachers, discuss this one with your students. Ask them who they think is particularly perspicacious in their lives, or in the classroom. Then make them prove it. Then write about it.

Grammar Punk Sentence: P E 3 perspicacious

While she was admittedly a terrible speller, Stevie prided herself on being particularly perspicacious when it came to her algebra assignments.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk Sentence that contains at least 3 words that contain the letters P and E and the word perspicacious.

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Plethora

 A very large amount or number:

an amount that is much greater than what is necessary

This is a great word that needs to be used more. It’s also one of those words that looks like its definition. Plethora just sounds like it is substantial. Probably because of the resemblance to the word plenty.

It’s also a great hyperbole sort of word. Why just say lots of or many when you can pull out plethora and really get your point across? Teachers of English, grammar and writing try this one out on your students. Have them make up as many lists of plethora types of things as they can. Then write about them.

Grammar Punk Sentence: M E 3 plethora

She didn’t care if she already had a plethora of cookie cutters, Dina was determined to find more at the upcoming flea market.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk Sentence that contains at least 3 words with the letters M and E and the word plethora.

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Matriculate: ma·tric·u·late | məˈtrikyəˌlāt/ verb

To become a student at a school and especially in a college or university. Tis nearly the season for university matriculation. What a lovely word. What a powerful word. It’s a word that means the beginning of things. It’s also a word that should be appreciated for its sheer power. Education is not something that should be taken for granted. Not every young person is afforded the opportunities of education and it should not be squandered.

Teachers of English, grammar and writing, remind your students (gently) that education is a privilege and matriculation is just the start of a great adventure.

Grammar Punk Sentence: T I 3 matriculate

Clarence fairly tingled with anticipation at the thought of matriculating at the college of his dreams.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk Sentence that includes at least 3 words with the letters T and I and the word matriculate.

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ker·fuf·fle

Kerfuffle: U.K. a noisy disturbance or commotion; fuss

Never heard of kerfuffle before? That’s probably because it is primarily a UK or British sort of word. More’s the pity. One of my favorite aspects of some words is the way they feel on your tongue as you say them allowed. Try it…kerfuffle. As in, what is all this kerfuffle about in here? I want this kerfuffle to stop immediately. Kerfuffle, great word. Many of us used to be British; I think we’re entitled to slip this one into our vernaculars.

While researching this fun little word I ran across a list of similes from other tongues I think we should also steal. You simply cannot have too many words describing a brouhaha.

ado, alarums and excursions, ballyhoo, blather, bluster, bobbery, bother, bustle, clatter, clutter [chiefly dialect], coil, corroboree [Australian], disturbance, foofaraw, fun, furor, furore, fuss, helter-skelter, hoo-ha, hoopla, hubble-bubble, hubbub, hullabaloo, hurly, hurly-burly, hurricane, hurry, hurry-scurry [chiefly British], moil, pandemonium, pother, row, ruckus, ruction, rumpus, shindy, splore [Scottish], squall, stew, stir, storm, to-do, tumult, turmoil, uproar, welter, whirl, williwaw, zoo

Teachers of English, grammar and writing this is a wonderfully fun word (words) to share with your students. Read them all aloud, see how many they’ve heard of. Then put them into sentences. Create characters that might use them, be them, cause them. Then let the story go from there.

Grammar Punk Sentence: R E 5 | kerfuffle

Peering rather worriedly around the corner Abigail wasn’t entirely certain she wanted to know the exact cause of all the kerfuffle.

Write a Grammar Punk sentence that contains at least 5 words and includes the word kerfuffle.

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Asperity | as·per·i·ty | əˈsperitē

 1.    harshness of tone or manner

  1. 2.    something that is hard to bear because of its harshness or severity
  2. 3.    a rough edge on a surface
  3. 4.    physics a region of contact between two load-bearing flat surfaces

This is another word that is not used as much as it should be. I like to think it’s also one of those words that sounds like its definition. Just say the word aloud and your mouth curves into a kind of sneer that would fit using the word in irritation.

Teachers, check yourself next time you’re using your tone of asperity to catch the attention of a rowdy class. Then give them something to write about.

Grammar Punk Sentence: W E 2

As her patience began to ebb, Constance allowed more than a trace of asperity to color her tone, there were limits, after all.

Give it a try. Write a Grammar Punk sentence with at least 2 words that contain the letters W and E and the word asperity.