Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one gaggle or multiple gaggles.)
Literally, a gaggle is a group of geese on the ground.
Figuratively, a gaggle is a disorganized, loud group of people. A gaggle can also just be a group of like things, as in "a gaggle of toys on the shelves," but a gaggle is usually a group of people.
How to use it:
Talk about a gaggle of people, as in "a gaggle of fans," "a gaggle of girls in the club," "a gaggle of kids running around McDonald's," and so on. Because a literal gaggle is a group of geese, keep that in mind as you call a group of people a gaggle: you're hinting that they're being noisy and perhaps silly.
Put some popcorn in a dormitory's microwave and watch as a gaggle of students appears, summoned by the irresistible smell.
A gaggle of children eager to sell their crafts swarmed our tour bus as we stepped out.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "gaggle" means when you can explain it without saying "birdlike" or "gathering."
Think of the last time you were slightly annoyed by a rambunctious group of people, and fill in the blanks: “At _____, I tried to ignore the gaggle of _____.”
Example: “At the movie theater, I tried to ignore the gaggle of preteens who were all somehow texting while screaming at each other.”
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: “Escort Me to the Location in which Community Members Gather to Worship” is really “Take Me to Church” by Hozier.
Try this one today: “Borders Which Have Been Made Ambiguous”
A Point Well Made:
H. P. Lovecraft: “Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.”
1. The opposite of GAGGLE is
B. COMPLETE SILENCE
C. SOLITARY FIGURE
2. There's a gaggle of companies that produce that item, so _____.
A. you might have trouble locating one.
B. I don't recommend entering that market as it's fairly saturated.
C. you might have better luck purchasing one used.
Answers are below.
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