What's in a Word | All Blogs


Big words for petite powerhouses

By Debra Dobbins

If the words in this headline are unfamiliar, reading the subhead helps us guess their meaning:

Using the context clues in the subhead, we can infer (logically guess) that diminutive dynamos are small but powerful football players. We can test our inference by reading the story. Sure enough, it provides details on Danny Woodhead, not quite 5-foot-8, and Darren Sproles, 5-foot-6, whose outstanding performances make them dynamite in small packages for their teams. (Check out the print edition or e-edition for the entire story.)

Dynamos, or powerful people, dominate other fields, too. For example, many people consider Bill Gates a dynamo in the computer world, Bruce Springstein a dynamo in the music world and Hillary Clinton a dynamo in the diplomatic world.

A dynamo also means “a generator that produces direct current with the use of a commutator,” according to Wikipedia. Webster's says that the word stems from the Greek word dynamis, which means power.

How many other synonyms for diminutive can you think of? Check Friday’s blog for a few more.

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Ordering seeds
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

BIRDING IS POPULAR BECAUSE IT IS SO EASY / BIRDING IS POPULAR BECAUSE IT IS SO DIFFICULT
By Nic.Korte
Sunday, February 7, 2016

Let’s Drink to the Grammy Awards
By David Goe
Friday, February 5, 2016

A little buried
By Penny Stine
Monday, February 1, 2016

This is a cool thing to grow in January!
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, January 26, 2016


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2016 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy