What's the good word pair?Many of you will likely remember the popular English language show on Doordarshan, 'What's the good word?' hosted by Sabira Merchant. For this weekend's summer activity, we are going to work on building up vocabulary in a similar, easy manner by creating word pairs from a word. You have to come up with an interesting pair of words from a single word that I give. You may participate as many times as you want but must submit only a single word pair for each word that I give.
I give the word - Shut
Your response - Shut out
Similar responses- Shut-in, shut up, etc
You are thus submitting a response with a word pair that uses the exact same word. However, you can put in another word, even expanding on the given word, but the meaning of the word should remain the same. Just add one more word to the given word to make it a meaningful word pair. You can even add an adjective, an adverb, etc and the given word can also be the second in the word pair and not necessarily the first.
Now, the pairs mentioned above are very obvious ones. I want you to come out of the basics, avoid too easy ones, apply your mind, and come up with something unique. And kindly don't consult Google, otherwise, the whole point of this activity is lost!
So, with the above word, something unique would be like this- Shuttered shop or Shuttered window. As you can see, the word shut has been expanded to shuttered but retains the meaning, namely, closed.
I may put in a response with a new word at any time, but you are free to give a word pair for a previous word whenever you wish at a later point, as this is an informal activity and not a competition with time limits. However, if you are responding to a previous word, please mention in your response that your word pair is for so-and-so word. I will also give a number to each word and you can even give a single response later with word pairs for previous words.
Any member is free to put up a query about the meaning of a word pair that has been submitted by another member but is not understood.
Interesting word pairs may be taken up later for a future creative writing contest, and if so, will be given cash credits, so do give this activity your best skills!