Ten useful and common figures of speech
1. To be “run of the mill” – To be ordinary, normal, unremarkable
2. To “hit the ground running” – To begin a process quickly, without hesitation
3. To “hit rock bottom” – To be at your lowest, worst point
4. To “turn the tables” on someone – To switch the circumstances to your favor.
5. To “pass the buck” – To pass your own responsibilities or duties onto someone else
6. When something is “par for the course” – Expected outcome. No surprises
7. To “jump the shark” – To go from being cool or trendy to dull, lame, not cool anymore.
8. To “have an ace up your sleeve” – To have a surprise tactic or plan.
9. To be “over the hill” – To be old, past one’s prime years.
10. To “get the short end of the stick” – To be treated unfairly, to not get what you deserve
…And The Words. Three sets are below.
Twenty-four common SAT/PSAT style words
In your groups, construct a lesson which teaches your vocabulary words to the other groups. Anything goes. Remember, the other groups have been busy with their own words so they need to learn yours. Nothing fancy. Your goal is to keep your audience happy and engaged while at the same time informing them AND learning the words yourself. CAN IT BE DONE? Of course. Lets do the lessons/presentations on A DAY, WEDNESDAY 12/9 and B DAY THURSDAY 12/10. WE will quiz the last week before break.
agitate (v) distraught (adj) gusto (n)
blemish (n) evangelist (n) harbinger (n)
incendiary (adj) lucrative (adj) ocular (adj)
jovial (adj) malevolence (n) pedigree (n)
queue (n) thoroughfare (n) wield (v)
rectify (v) ultimatum (n) zenith (n)
HON/AP words (not a group thing)
sanction (v) vagabond (n)
carouse (v) fiasco (n)
knickknack (n) nimble (adj)