REVOLUTION: The Word of the Month February 2011

Every month, we take a look at a word in the headlines, in English, for your English. See more at The Word of the Month.

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Definitions:

Revolution (noun):

  • A (sometimes violent) attempt to change the government by a large group of people.
  • A major shift or change in conventions or ideas.
  • A complete turn or circle.

Examples:

Classic Revolutions:
American (vs Great Britain) 
French (vs. French monarchy) 
Bolshevik (Soviets vs. Tsarist regime) 
Copernican (Earth vs. Sun) 
Dance Dance Revolution (Japan’s #1 dance video game)

New Wave Revolutions:
In Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Libya, civil unrest has made the news. Thanks to CNN and Al Jazeera, all of these revolutions WERE televised! Take that, Gil Scott Heron (listen!)

Revolutionary Facts:

33 1/3 is the standard RPM (revolutions per minute) of a vinyl record. Anything faster and you start sounding like a chipmunk.

You say you want a revolution, but do you really? Think about it!

Famous Revolutionaries:

  • Ché Guevara (creator of the Ché Guevara T-shirt)
  • Otto Hahn (discovered the OttoMobile and nuclear fission)
  • Fidel Castro (founder of San Francisco’s Castro district)
  • Chairman Mao (inventor of the chair, man)
  • VI Lenin (co-founder of the Beatles)
  • George Washington Carver (inventor of the peanut)
  • Uncle Ben (my favorite uncle, and rice pioneer)

Take a look through our Word of the Month archives, or improve your English with gymglish.com and richmorning.com.

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