Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like “large” or “late.”
But you only use "tantamount" in this way:
"Something is tantamount to something else.”)
When one thing is tantamount to another thing, that means they have basically the same effect or the same significance.
You use "tantamount" when you need to show that a first, less intense thing really does have the same significance as a second, more intense thing: "Ignoring a crime is tantamount to committing it."
How to use it:
Use this word to make a dramatic, bold, or funny point: again, use the pattern "X is tantamount to Y," with Y being more extreme than X.
Your point will generally be negative: "Letting someone cut in front of you in line is tantamount to cutting in front of every single person behind you." "Silence is tantamount to admitting guilt." "Wearing leather is tantamount to slaughtering cows." "Stubbing your little toe is tantamount to getting poked in the eye with a sharp lemon wedge."
But you can use "tantamount" in a positive sense, too: "Marrying someone you're incredibly compatible with, and deeply in love with, is tantamount to finding a needle in a haystack."
I once visited an expensive after-school "learning center" that was tantamount to a daycare, where kids were coloring by themselves instead of receiving lessons.
Getting even a 70% on this extremely hard exam is tantamount to mastery.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "tantamount" means when you can explain it without saying “amounts to the same" or "equivalent."
Think of something either really exciting or really disappointing that happened to you, and fill in the blanks: "Well, (actual experience) was just about tantamount to (imagined, more intense experience)."
Example: "Well, realizing that our layover (while traveling with the baby) would be six hours long was just about tantamount to getting punched in the face."
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:
Our game for July was called A Verbal Tour of the US. I asked you a trivia question each day about the names of US cities, states, geographic features, etc.
What do the names of Sunnydale, CA; Castle Rock, ME; and Winchestertonfieldville, IA all have in common?
Answer: Did that last silly one give it away? These place names are totally fictional. They’re the towns from, respectively, television’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stephen King’s novels, and the movie Mr. Deeds.
By the way, do you know a cool fact about the name of the place you live or the name of a nearby landmark or geographic feature? Something that we didn’t cover this month? It’d be awesome if you could hit reply and let me know about it, especially if you live outside the US. We might play the same game next year with different questions, a world tour instead of a national tour, so I’ll be sure to feature your fact.
Now, a new game for August!
This month, we'll work on reviewing recently featured words with some activities created with my favorite vocabulary software: Vocabulary Worksheet Factory, made by Schoolhouse Technologies.
It's a simple, flexible program that lets you input word lists and definitions, then create customized, fun worksheets for review.
Like I blogged about in excruciating detail recently, it's majorly important to review what you learned--mindfully-- if you want to remember it, and this software helps you do just that. It's not free, but they do offer a free trial, and it's worth the full cost if you're a teacher, tutor, parent, or devoted vocabulary learner. (Full disclosure: in return for my featuring their software, Schoolhouse Technologies has shared information about Make Your Point on their website and on social media.)
So let's get to it! :) Make sure you're able to view images in your emails so you can see the activities. We'll start off with very easy activities, then work our way toward harder reviews throughout the month.
Sai Baba of Shirdi: “Before you speak, ask yourself is it kind, is it necessary, is it true, does it improve on the silence?”
1. The opposite of TANTAMOUNT is
2. Sure, Star Wars fans are a devoted bunch, but I wouldn't say their obsession is tantamount to _____.
C. a religion
Answers are below.
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