Today’s Word of the Day revolves around the word kinks: a word to describe a problem that a new product or new service is experiencing. We often use the phrase “to sort out” (to resolve) with kinks: The first iPhone had some kinks in it, like suddenly shutting down or having a short battery life, but the next generation sorted them out. Let’s see some examples:
George worked all day from home on Saturday to sort out the urgent kinks of the Mitchell project.
The prototype keyboard isn’t ready for the market; it has a few kinks.
Sarah was on the phone for hours trying to understand the kinks that her clients reported.
This car isn’t ready for the road, it’s got too many kinks we need to sort out.
How about you guys? Have you ever experienced any kinks in products you’ve bought or products you’ve worked on? Were they every sorted out?
Stop asking me for money, I don’t have any. You’re relentless!
Today’s Word of the day is relentless, an adjective that we use to describe someone/thing that never stops, never grows tired, never surrenders, and continues on (I promise I didn’t steal that definition from Tim Allen). It can be bad or good, depending on the context.
This relentless rain started 3 days ago and still hasn’t stopped.
Erica studied all day and night. She has a relentless work ethic!
The taxi driver drove us across New York in 15 minutes. He is relentless behind the wheel.
Do you have any qualities that your are relentless at?
Besides the above examples, when can a relentless person be a bad thing?
Awe is a word to express when someone is shocked, generally in a good way, by something or someone. We generally say someone is “in awe” of something/one, or that you were “left in awe” because of a specific event.
Let’s get to the examples:
Samantha, age 17, was in awe that people worked without computers just a few decades ago.
The view of the mountain left us all in awe. I was speechless!
Jeff’s skateboarding skills left spectators in awe. He is the best they’ve ever seen!
We also have the word “Awesome” which derives from the word awe. If you are left in awe by Jeff’s skateboarding skills, then his skills are awesome.
4. Wow, look at all the things I can do on this iPad! It’s an awesome toy!
Can you think of 5 things you’ve done or seen recently that were awesome?
Think about your spouse or best friend. What is something you could do in the future that would leave them in awe?