I helped in Emma’s second grade class with word study this week by giving two groups some practice tests. I was shocked at the word list of the second group which was clearly one notch higher than the list Emma usually brings home. I tried coming up with sentences for each word as I do for Emma and distinctly remember my sixth grade teacher Mrs. Smith doing. I remember having to hear, see and write all of our spelling words. She said it helped all of us since we all had different learning styles. In any case, I was trying to come up with sentences and was doing pretty good with words like fluctuate, conservative and extravert. While I had a general idea of the meaning, I couldn’t come up with a sentence off-hand for “superfluous”. Superfluous. Seriously? For a third grader? I was telling Scott about this and he said, “I didn’t even know that was a word.” Exactly my point.
So how about a quick word of the day?
A sentence might be
I have a lot of superfluous stuff on my desk this afternoon.
I am now regretting the superfluous Skinny Vanilla Latte I had this afternoon which is sure to cause some superfluous fat cells.
This word of the day post is superfluous.
Superfluous is a superfluous word.
Get it? Good. Now you are at least as smart as a third grader.