PRIMARIES: The Word of the Month March 2012

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.


Primary (adjective): Most important or basic; First.

Primaries (noun): Preliminary elections to select a candidate for a future, more important election.

Primary Stuff

Primary Colors: Red, Blue, Yellow. Like the Romanian flag. Go Romania!

Primary Forest: Lots of biodiversity. Sometimes primates (nos primos• , right?).

Primary School: Where you learned the primary skill of not peeing in your pants.

  • Spanish for ‘cousin’

Know your US Primary candidates


Barack Obama — Current president. Black guy. Possible terrorist.

Vermin Love Supreme — His program: obligatory tooth brushing, time travel research, a pony for every American.

Know your US Primary candidates


Mitt Romney — Mormon. Millionaire. Strategy: Defeat opposition with natural beauty.

Rick Santorum — Pro-Life, Pro-Gun, Pro-Torture. Pro-bably not going to win.

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