Dictionary Deception

The word "staycation" appears in the most recent edition of the Collegiate Dictionary at the headquarters of the Merriam-Webster dictionary publisher in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday July 1, 2009. John Morse, president and publisher of the Springfield-based dictionary publisher, said many of this year's new words are tied to changes in technology, increasing environmental awareness and aging baby boomers' concerns about their health and have become part of the general lexicon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

This game is based on a popular box game. To start the game, the teacher chooses a word for which no student will know the meaning. The teacher writes the word on the chalkboard and writes the definition of the word on a sheet of paper from a small pad. Then the teacher hands a sheet from the same pad to each student. The student must write on that sheet his or her name and a definition of the word. The teacher collects all the definitions. One by one, the teacher reads the definitions. Students consider each definition. Then, as the teacher rereads them, the students vote for the definition that they believe is the real meaning of the word. Students earn a point if they guess the definition correctly; they also earn a point each time another student selects their (fake) definition as the true meaning of the word. The person with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Some Words to Try

  • fabulist (FA-beeyuh-list) — a creator or writer of fables
  • coppice (KAH-pes) — a thicket, grove, or growth of small trees
  • inquiline (IN-kweh-lign) — an animal that lives habitually in the nest or abode of another species
  • miliaria (mi-lee-AR-ee-eh) — an inflammatory disorder of the skin characterized by redness, burning, or itching
  • baht (bot) — a unit of money in Thailand

Source: www.educationworld.com

One thought on “Dictionary Deception”

  1. Jackson says:

    Never known it was done this way. Learnt from the info

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