FLOOD – The Word of the Month for July 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 flood: An overflow of water on land. 

A flood (of emotions): an overwhelming quantity (of emotions). 

To flood (with water, phone calls): to overwhelm with water, phone calls

Floods in the news

This month, flooding devastated parts of Western Europe, following similar climate events including frogs, locusts, hail, darkness and the killing of the firstborn. 

The disaster has sparked a flood of questions as to how climate change affects natural disasters. Hint: not well.

“Flood” rhymes with

Mud: Wet dirt. Often accompanies floods 

Blood: Main ingredient of a Bloody Mary. 

Stud: A male horse kept for breeding, or a very handsome man. We’ll take one of each. 

(But “flood” doesn’t rhyme with “food”, “mood”, “dude”, etc)

Flood solutions

Build an Ark: Worked for Noah and a pair of heterosexual llamas. 

Umbrella, hat & rain jacket: Always look sharp for extinction level events. 

Escape to space: Hey, it’s not just for astronauts anymore, it’s for billionaires too!

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