Language Arts Classroom Competition

WordMasters: Grade 8 Gold Division Jan-Feb '09

All of the words listed here will appear in the second WordMasters Challenge, which will be held at your school between February 2 and February 20. (Your teacher will tell you exactly when.) The WordMasters Challenge is an analogy-solving contest. The contest will challenge you to use the words from your list in logical pairs that will look like this:

ENCOURAGED : ENERGIZED :: DISCOURAGED : _______________________
(a. saturnine / b. quiescent / c. enervated / d. immutable / e. vaunted)

To do this well, you will have to understand the exact meanings of all of your words, and you will have to reason carefully about the relationships shown in the pairs.

Here is how you should get ready for the Challenge: After you have learned the meanings of these words, think about possible relationships among them. Which words have similar meanings? Which words have nearly opposite meanings? (Of course, some words have more than one meaning.) Think of some categories under which several words might be grouped.

Be sure you understand the part of speech of a word—whether it's a noun, a verb, or an adjective. (Some words, such as "surmise" on this list, can be either a noun or a verb depending on how they are used.) Pay attention to the prefixes and suffixes of words, because they are often clues to meaning and part of speech. And try to familiarize yourself with other forms of these words—not just "cajole" but also "cajolery," not just "demur" but also "demurral," not just "speculate" but also "speculation," not just "disparage" but also "disparagement," not just "immutable" but also "mutable" and "mutability," not just "serenity" but also "serene," not just "satiate" but also "insatiable," not just "latent" but also "latency," not just "concur" but also "concurrence," not just "rejoinder" but also "rejoin," etc.

  1. latitude
  2. demur
  3. oblique
  4. faction
  5. satiate
  6. immutable
  7. cacophony
  8. enervate
  9. sanguine
  10. flummery
  11. syndicate
  12. latent
  13. reparation
  14. cajole
  15. saturnine
  16. rejoinder
  17. speculate
  18. quiescent
  19. innuendo
  20. disparage
  21. dulcet
  22. serenity
  23. concur
  24. inexorable
  25. surmise

(Click here for the word list.)

Note: Some of these words will also appear in the third WordMasters Challenges, scheduled for later this year.

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