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ESL forum > Games, activities and teaching ideas > Winner of the WORD Daffynition contest! 5/29/2019    

Winner of the WORD Daffynition contest! 5/29/2019



redcamarocruiser
United States

Winner of the WORD Daffynition contest! 5/29/2019
 
There were many wonderful entries, so it was very hard to choose among them.  I chose the word ultracrepidarian because it was both a new word to me and did not appear to have commonly known cognates in several languages.
 
Ultracrepidarian means 

"someone who has no special knowledge of a subject but who expresses an opinion about it:

 
  
I loved martinasvabova´┐Żs daffynition, 
"This must be VERY SLOWLY CREEPING PEDESTRIAN."
 
So, congratulations Martina! You are our new winner!  
 
Over to you!!! Wink
 
 
 
 

7 Jun 2019      



martinasvabova
Czech Republic

Thank you for chosing me. I don┤ t follow this contest very often, so I hope the word LACKADAISICAL hasn┤t been used yet. Well, here goes.

8 Jun 2019     



ldthemagicman
United Kingdom

LACKADAISICAL 
 
 
I am surprised that Martina has chosen a word which is very commonly used in my region.
 
There are lots of words in English which are similarly constructed.
 
The suffix ┤less┤ means ┤to be without┤ ... ┤penniless┤ = ┤without a penny┤; ┤thoughtless┤ = ┤without a thought; ┤friendless┤ = ┤without a friend; etc.
 
The prefiix ┤lack┤ is often used. ┤To LACK┤ also means ┤to be without┤ ... "I lack (I am without) sufficient money to buy books to study!"
 
I am sure that you will immediately see that a gardener who is LACKADAISICAL has a garden that is without DAISIES ... Simple!
 
Les Douglas

8 Jun 2019     



redcamarocruiser
United States

I think you are on to something, Les. However in my region, we love musicals and one of the most famous stars is Daisy Duck! So, a musical that lacks the charming and popular Daisy Duck is simply lackadaisical!

8 Jun 2019     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Nothing to do with daisies, darlings! It┤s an adjective for a shy, self-effacing person, who really has plenty to say that is worthy, so the opposite of ultracrepidarian, by the way!
lack a dais -ical. A dais is  a lectern or podium, even a throne. Our lackadaisical academic has no need of one; their words speak for themselves. 

10 Jun 2019     



martinasvabova
Czech Republic

REDCAMAROCRUISER
I like your definition . So now it┤s your turn again.  Smile

17 Jun 2019     



redcamarocruiser
United States

Thank you, Martina! I will find and post a word soon!

17 Jun 2019