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”
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.
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.