BOUNTY – The Word of the Month for September 2021

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.


A ($100) bounty: a prize or reward given as an incentive, generally by the government. 

To have a bounty on one’s head: to be wanted, sought-after (dead or alive).

Bounties in the news

This month, the state of Texas passed a law banning abortions after 6 weeks and offering a $10k bounty for denouncing anyone aiding a woman to abort. 

Even dictators aren’t this generous with their snitches.

Know your “bounties”

Bounty Hunter: From Clint Eastwood to Clint Eastwood, police have always found a way to outsource hard work (to Clint Eastwood). 

Mutiny on the Bounty: You would mutiny too on a boat without an open bar. 

Bounty (candy bar): Coconut encased in chocolate. Its creator should have a bounty on their head.

Notable Bounties

Billy the Kid: Gunslinging teen outlaw. Inspiration for US high-schoolers. 

Osama Bin Laden: A short but distinguished career in altering the course of human history. 

Dr. Any Person, OBGYN: Wanted for the heinous crime of providing healthcare to women.

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