Part of speech:
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you bandy things.)
To bandy things is to trade them back and forth or pass them back and forth.
Because you often bandy ideas, "bandy" also means to think or talk about something casually, as if you're tossing the idea back and forth to play with it.
How to use it:
Talk about bandying something, bandying something around, bandying around with something, or bandying about something, as in "I bandied some different ideas for writing topics before picking one," "Quit bandying that gossip around," "We bandied around with the idea of starting our own taco restaurant," and "The plot holes in the movie we just watched were bandied about at dinner."
Rather than just using "bandy" as the main verb in your idea, you can use "bandied" in descriptive phrases to talk about something "bandied about," "much-bandied," and so on, as in "Let's focus on this rumor bandied about" and "I'm pretty much over these much-bandied selfie sticks."
As a culture, we like to think of a marriage proposal as a grand romantic gesture that comes as a thrilling surprise to the girl, but truthfully, a couple bandies around the idea of getting married for awhile before mutually agreeing on it.
Although phrases like "data-driven," "rubric-based," and "differentiated learning" keep getting bandied around by educators, most of the teachers I know are sick of hearing them.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "bandy" means when you can explain it without saying "toss around" or "think about."
Think of something you discussed a lot or thought about a lot before you took action, and fill in the blanks: "After bandying around with the (idea/possibility) of _____ for (an amount of time), I finally _____.”
Example: “After bandying around with the possibility of getting a master's degree for a few years, I finally picked a program and applied.”
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
Yesterday’s answer: “Disencumber Yourself of Your Uncertainties, Youth” is really “Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin.
Try this one today: “Vessels for Fluids”
A Point Well Made:
Arundhati Roy: “As Estha stirred the thick jam he thought Two Thoughts and the Two Thoughts he thought were these: a) Anything can happen to anyone. and b) It is best to be prepared.”
1. The opposite of TO BANDY is
A. TO TABLE
B. TO STRETCH
C. TO ANGER
2. The star's criminal behavior was bandied about, so _____.
A. he was able to keep it all well hidden from his fans.
B. he never felt pressured to apologize for what he had done.
C. his reputation suffered first, followed by his career.
Answers are below.
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