Each Other – Farmgirl Grammar

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Grammar has always been something that I have not thought too much about. I like to think of this badge series as an exercise in expanding my grammar capabilities, and vocabulary.

Updated 9/21

Beginner

  • Make an effort to improve your grammar and spelling. Refrain from using slang, abbreviations, or any form of text-messaging language.
  • Using a dictionary, pick an unfamiliar word to be your word of the day, write down the word along with its meanings and uses, and try to incorporate the word into your daily activity. Continue to do this daily for two weeks.

Word Diary

  • 6/24 – enervate – sap energy from
  • 6/25 – upbraid – to scold
  • 6/26 – culpable – degree to which someone can be held morally or legally accountable
  • 6/27 – halcyon -idyllically peaceful and calm
  • 6/28 – lambast – criticize severely
  • 6/29 – volubility – quality of writing or talking easily and continuously
  • 6/30 – elucidate – to make clearer
  • 7/1 – soporific – inducing mental lethargy
  • 7/2 – tortuous – not straightforward
  • 7/3 – laudable – worthy of high praise
  •  7/4 – myopic – lacking foresight or imagination
  • 7/5 – bucolic – related to pleasant aspects of the country
  • 7/6 – prescience – ability to foresee the future
  • 7/7 – banal – overused
  • 7/8 – aesthete – someone who is sensitive to the beauty of art and nature

Intermediate

  • Create at least 10 posts or responses on the Farmgirl Chatroom, making sure to use excellent grammar and spelling. –
    • 5 posts to date
  • Keep discovering new words daily for an additional two weeks.

Word Diary

  • 7/9 – germane – relevant and appropriate
  • 7/10 – inexorable – impossible to stop
  • 7/11 – didactic – instructive
  • 7/12 – jingoism – fanatical patriotism
  • 7/13 – delineate – describe in detail
  • 7/14 – coalesced – come together to form a mass
  • 7/15 – inviolable – unable to be broken
  • 7/16 – vaunted – highly praised
  • 7/17 – solipsistic – thinking you are the center of the universe
  • 7/18 – dolorous – showing sorrow
  • 7/19 – pontificate – to talk in a pompous manner
  • 7/20 – recapitulation – a summary (recap)
  • 7/21 – sagacious – having good judgement
  • 7/22 – hagiographic – excessively flattering toward someone’s life
  • 7/23 – redoubtable – inspiring fear or awe

 

  • Read the book Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English, by Patricia T. O’Conner

Expert

  • Write a letter to the editor of your local paper discussing the importance of precise communication and syntax.
  • Read the book Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
  • Keep discovering new words daily for an additional two weeks.
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