Thursday, February 5, 2009


Let's play a game. A vocabulary game. A game much like the incredibly fun and funny Balderdash board game. Here's how it works.

I'll give you a word, followed by a list of definitions of the word. Your task, should you choose to play along, is to select the correct definition out of all the other tempting and curiously interesting "bogus" definitions.

For instance, If I say the word is "Math," you would choose correct definition from the list below.
  • The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities, using numbers and symbols.
  • the science of numbers and their operations, interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations.
  • A foreign language.
  • The deepest beauty of Mother Nature.
  • The subject in which we never know what we are talking about, nor whether what we are saying is true.
  • Countin', Recknonin', & Cipherin'
  • The dirtiest 4-letter word.
  • A nickname for "Matthew."
  • An egregious misspelling of "Psychology."
  • The Jonas Brothers' favorite subject in High School.
  • Something a priest with a lisp gives each Sunday
You get the point, so enough of that. That was just an EXAMPLE. If you've got the hang of it, and by the way, the real definition of "Math" is . . . . well . . . . you wouldn't believe me if I told you anyway, then we're ready to play the REAL game.

The word is "Senioritis." (Click on the word to cheat and find the answer before playing.)

Which of the following is the TRUE definition???
  • An inflammation of the senior.
  • An old person with a big head.
  • the act of calling every male person "SeƱor."
  • Another name for Alzheimer's Disease.
  • A swelling of a father's head during his fit of rage when Junior wrecks the car.
  • An egregious misspelling of "Psychology."
  • a seasonal disease appearing earlier and earlier each year that causes a relaxed irresponsible state of laxity in which otherwise capable individuals conserve expendable, replenishable energy in an effort to maximize their diminishing opportunities to hang out with other, similar-minded adolescents while minimizing their efforts in the classroom, thereby causing their grades to plummet like a bowling ball in a bag of boulders strapped to an anvil falling down a vacuum tube, and their teachers, who are not immune to the disease, yet fight it tooth and nail, to pull their hair out while trying to encourage, motivate, cajole, and blackmail afflicted students into doing something, anything, while attempting to inoculate the juniors and sophomores and, God forbid, the freshman from catching the debilitating infection, lest they tumble down the broken staircase of academic ruin, which, if left untreated, can cause such side effects as loss of scholarship money, academic probation at an "already accepted" University, loss of matriculation rights at aforementioned University, and acute vertigo with temporary blindness, and can eventually lead to more serious, chronic conditions such as "perpetual apathy," "Video Game Wrist," "Boomerang Living," and "Hypoencephalism Disfuncta."
Good luck. Have fun. Check the link above for the correct answer or just scroll down.

Answer: An egregious misspelling of "Psychology."


Anonymous said...

I think I will show the definition in AP Stats tomorrow. Well said!!!

Brenda said...

I didn't get the joke? I thought it was the paragraph-long definition!