Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in “a faceless corporation”
2. After a linking verb, as in “The corporation was faceless.”)
Here's another very easy but underutilized word.
Something or someone faceless has no face.
We usually mean that thing or person has no identity, no special qualities, or no interesting uniqueness.
How to use it:
Talk about a faceless person when you mean that he or she is just some random whoever: faceless bureaucrats, faceless job-seekers, faceless victims, faceless spammers, a faceless enemy, a faceless hacker, and so on. You can talk about a faceless organization or a faceless company: you mean that the group has no special identity, nothing that sets it apart or makes it unique. A faceless movement or a faceless industry has no leader, a faceless crowd or a faceless mob seems to be made up of nobody in particular, faceless communication seems like it came out of nowhere, faceless statistics can't be traced to a proper source, and so on.
I felt outraged at the faceless courier who had lost my baby daughter's blood sample before it could be analyzed by the lab, meaning she had to get her blood drawn a second time.
The name signed at the bottom of a college rejection letter is meaningless to the recipient; in that moment, the school is a faceless and perhaps heartless bureaucracy.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "faceless" means when you can explain it without saying "random" or "not individual."
Think of a time you felt frustrated or annoyed by rules or requirements, and fill in the blanks: "What were those faceless (bureaucrats, lawmakers, board members, etc.) thinking when they decided to make everybody _____?”
Example: "What were those faceless headhunters thinking when they decided to make everybody submit a resume AND a cover letter AND a statement of purpose AND an online form AND three letters of recommendation just to apply for this one job?"
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: “Physically Barred from Paradise” is really “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars.
Try this one today: “Highly Valued, Difficult to Obtain, and Eminently Beautiful Rocks”
A Point Well Made:
Paul Goodman: “There is …the fertile silence of awareness, pasturing the soul, whence emerge new thoughts.”
1. The opposite of FACELESS is
2. The company _____, and so it ended up seeming faceless to potential customers.
A. used two distinct colors in all of its advertisements and giveaway swag
B. opted for a bland logo, a forgettable slogan, and very little advertising
C. advertised its products as cool, smart, and useful
Answers are below.
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