Sunday, October 11, 2015

CHILL should be October's Word of the Month!

When we see pumpkins around town, we know that fall is here! There's a CHILL in the air, and Halloween is on its way.
Are you ready to make a Jack-o'-lantern that will give passers by CHILLS?

Well, we're now well into October, and fall weather has definitely arrived. The temperatures have dropped and there's a chill in the air.
  • BE WELL INTO - not in the beginning anymore; almost in the middle
  • DROP - decrease
  • A CHILL - a coldness

Speaking of the word "chill," I'm sure you know we use it to talk about cold weather, right? Did you know we also use it to talk about relaxing or to describe something scary? With the temperatures dropping and with Halloween just around the corner, the word "chill" just might be the perfect word for October. What do you think? Let's make CHILL October's Word of the Month!
  • AROUND THE CORNER - very near; almost here

Here are some ways we use the word "CHILL."
  • There's a chill in the air. (coldness)
  • It's chilly outside! (cold)
  • The drinks were put in the fridge to chill. (to get cold)
  • Let's just chill for a few minutes. (relax)
  • Chill out! (relax; stop getting angry)
  • Take a chill pill. (relax; stop getting angry)
  • Listening to the survivors' stories was so chilling. (scary)
  • Looking at their Halloween costumes gave me chills. (*goosebumps)

So do you agree? Should "CHILL" be October's Word of the Month? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Also, don't forget to share this post with friends and family who are also learning English.

Good luck, and have a great fall season!

Joe Yu, English language instructor

*(goosebumps are when the hairs on your forearm or the back of your neck stand upright.)

No comments:

Post a Comment