NY Times: Vocabulary Contest Winners

A Way With Words: Winners of Our 2016 Vocabulary Video Contest

link: http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/a-way-with-words-winners-of-our-2016-vocabulary-video-contest/?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ln_20160317&nl=learning-network&nl_art=0&nlid=72940163&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

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


Runners-Up

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


Honorable Mentions

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

 

http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/03/16/a-way-with-words-winners-of-our-2016-vocabulary-video-contest/?em_pos=small&emc=edit_ln_20160317&nl=learning-network&nl_art=0&nlid=72940163&ref=headline&te=1&_r=0

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