SHRINK: The Word of the Month July 2017

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.


To shrink: to become smaller, to reduce in size.

Shrink (noun): Slang term for a psychiatrist.

Example: I’m seeing a shrink because my self-esteem has shrunk.

Irregular verb alert! I shrink / she shrank / they have shrunk

Shrinking in the news

Global wildlife populations are shrinking rapidly. Biologists are calling it Earth’s 6th mass extinction event (#5 was the dinosaurs dying).

Species at risk: lions, salamanders, sea cucumbers, etc. Everything really, but cockroaches.

Things that shrink

Polar ice caps. They’re shrinking, we’re sinking.

Trump’s approval ratings. But his golf swing is tremendous!

Our genitals. This water is freezing. That’s our excuse anyway.

Attention spans. We’re surprised you made it this far.

How to save the planet

Shrink the population. Wanna buy a one-way ticket to Mars?

Shrink our appetites. Fewer burgers = more iceberg(er)s.

See a shrink. At least we’ll be mentally prepared for our extinction.

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