The Challenge: Open to a random page in the dictionary and look at the first word on the upper left-hand side. Keep turning pages until you find a word you don’t know. See how many times you can use this new word in a sentence today.
My word was “dowdy.” It has two definitions: shabby/ not neat and old-fashioned. I managed to squeeze in a few “Not too dowdy” phrases, as if to say “Not too shabby.” I have to admit I didn’t do a very good job in remembering. I usually tried to incorporate the word into my language shortly after Jason used his word. (I’m trying to be honest here.) However at dinner I used it very appropriately when referring to something being old-fashioned. So, I was able to use both definitions. I know that I am not one to use new words, so this was very different for me today and quite honestly I had a hard time remembering to even do it.
My word today was entrechat. What??? Exactly.
A jump in ballet during which the dancer crosses the legs a number of times, alternately back and forth.
First of all, the word was extremely fun to say. It reminded me of the two years of French I had in high school (of which I recall almost zilch). It was so fun that I think Kim said it more times today than her own word. I was able to use it several times successfully in a sentence, including these highlights:
“I imagine that it would be quite dangerous to try an entrechat in the shower.”
(Before taking a shower this morning.)
“I’m sure I’d capture their attention if I did an entrechat to open my talk.”
(After Kim warned me before a speech I gave to seventh graders today that I shouldn’t expect to get much of a reaction out of them, even if they are enjoying it.)
“I’d say the driving performance you pulled off tonight was more difficult than an entrechat.”
(After Kim had successfully navigated congested Chicago traffic in the middle of a downpour.)
So, who was most creative with today’s challenge? Who went beyond the comfort zone and put the biggest hammer on Adultitis? Who did a better job of capturing the spirit of childhood, Kim or Jason? Cast Your Vote!
Tomorrow’s Challenge: Audio Sneak Peek