GAME – The Word of the Month for August 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 game: an amusing activity, a pastime, a sports match. 

To game: to play games. 

To be game: to be willing or ready.

Game in the news

This month, the 32nd Olympic Games in Tokyo concluded under protest, in front of thousands nobody. 

Meanwhile, the US finally declared Game Over in Afghanistan, taking their guns and going home.

Gaming expressions

Fair game: acceptable subject for criticism or attack, like politicians and pheasants. 

Hunting big game: Hunting large animals, or figuratively: targeting something huge. To an ant, a bread crumb is big game. 

To game the system: to manipulate or exploit a system. What hackers, tax evaders and Olympic dopers excel at.

Famous Game

Monopoly: Teach kids early that capital is the name of the game. 

Solitaire: Better with a friend. 

Hide and Seek: True champions are hard to find. 

Olympics: Fraternity and fair play vs infrastructure headaches and chauvinism. Paris, are you still game for 2024?

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