Seen in the wild: avuncular

(From NY Mag)

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One from my students’ vocab words, successfully spelled and defined during yesterday’s annual pre-Thanksgiving-break team spelling bee. A heated competition, during which students rose to the challenge of:

  • remembering and spelling my least-favorite word (“decaffeinated”)
  • remembering, spelling, and defining my favorite vocab word to pronounce (“crepuscular”)
  • defining (and spelling) delightful words like “perfidy,” “schadenfreude,” and “legerdemain”

Coming down to the wire, team Misused Apostrophe’s edged out Team Ellipses… by two points in the Open Round by spelling and defining lalochezia: the use of vulgar or foul language to reduce pain or stress.


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