One of the Top 10 videos sent in for our contest, this one, by Erika Kluge, defines killjoy.
Nearly 800 witty entries from around the world made judging this year’s Vocabulary Video Contest harder than ever. We and ourVocabulary.com colleagues struggled mightily to choose from among the many creative killjoys, curmudgeons and comeuppancesto crown just 10.
Below you’ll find our top choices, as well as a long list of runners-up and honorable mentions. As always, we chose based chiefly on how well or originally each video showed an understanding of the word and its use in a specific context, and, as always, we were sticklers for the rules. (However, this year, as you’ll see, we’ve also created a special category because two videos missed winning only by failing to follow every rule to the letter.)
Thank you to everyone who participated, and, especially, to the teachers who devoted class time to the project. If you’re interested in writing for our Reader Idea column about how you wove the contest into your curriculum, please fill out this form.
Enjoy. We certainly did.
Top 10 Winners
Killjoy by Erika
Curmudgeon by Reese Dekker and Ellie Sullivan
Finesse by Eric, Jose and Parker
Monotony by Masa Kawasaki
Equinox by Caroline Knight
Comeuppance by Cassie and Jason
Guffaw by Meghan O.
Pry by Mark C.
Disheartened by Ella Stack, Henry Stack, Josie Robins and George Stack (dog)
Iridescent by Hanna and Millie
Hallucination by David WARNING: has inappropriate content
Coincidence by Anna
Quack by Kyle
Buffoonery by Emily Willett, Serahn Berman, Hana Dolan and Diya Mehta (Kelly)
Mimicry by Priya and Ananya
Braggadocio by Jeremiah Taylor
Ominous by Janelle Mendoza
Disembark by Jessica
Disembark by Madeline Conger, Abby Hughes, Madison Carr, Brittany Banner, Mckenzie Fretwell and Emily Menesses
Tessellation by Vasista Vovveti
Dapper by Ty Kennedy
Pugnacity by Campfield Heinrich
Crescendo by Taylor W.
Narcissist by Jennifer Mula and Katie Shell
Waffle by Kellsie Giras
Wanderlust by Jordan
Killjoy by Adelaide Tornyenu
Sloth by Riley, Gretchen and Barbara
Unison by Nicole Lough
Corrosive by Nathan Campbell
Touchy by Ariel
Dismember by Cayla and Melinda
Strut by Charlotte Smith
Dislodge by Sarah S., Henry S.
Clamor by Alexis, Ashley, and Lilly
Ominous by Katie Williams
Knell by Shelby, Anna, Tatum and McKenna
And Two We Loved That Would Have Won if Only They Had Obeyed Our Rule to Pronounce the Word…
Elixir by Emma
Tessellate by Eliza Robinso