EARTHQUAKE: The Word of the Month March 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:

Earthquake (noun): a sudden, violent shaking of the earth’s surface due to seismic activity.

Earth (noun): The ground or soil; the third planet from the sun.

Quake (verb + noun): to shake or tremble.

Some Awesome Earhquakes:

2011: Sendai, Japan, featuring Tsunami and Nuclear explosions.

2010: Haiti, 300,000 dead according to Haitian sources, up to 92,000 according to non-Haitian sources.

2004: Sumatra, Indonesia, Indian Ocean, causing 30 meter waves, and a 1 cm vibration of the entire planet… not good vibrations though.

1960: Valdive, Chile. Chile always has problems… remember those miners a little while ago?

Earthshaking Facts:

Earth rhymes with birth and worth, as well as recent Oscar winner Colin Firth.

Quake rhymes with bake, cake, and lake. Those things are usually more pleasant than earthquakes.

Also:

Earth is one of the only planets believed to support life. Martians disagree.

Quake was a popular video game last decade. The goal is to shoot and kill monsters with a shotgun, just like in real life.

I felt the Earth move — useful phrase after an intense sexual experience — or an 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

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

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