Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one decalogue or multiple decalogues.)
The Decalogue, with a capital D, is the set of 10 commandments from the Bible.
We're more interested ina decalogue, with a lowercase d, which is any official set of rules. (There may or may not be exactly 10 rules in a decalogue when we use the word more loosely like this.)
The roots are helpful in remembering this word:
"Deca" means 10, as in "decade," and "logue" means "word," as in "dialogue."
So a decalogue is related to ten words, or ten commandments.
How to use it:
This is a useful word when you want to give a weighty, religious tone to your idea, whether you're being serious or silly.
Talk about a/the decalogue of something or for something/someone when you mean a list of authoritative rules, laws, commandments, suggestions, or best practices: a decalogue for writing engaging online articles, the decalogue for Boy Scouts, a decalogue for Disney employees, the decalogue of throwing good dinner parties, etc.
You can only wear a ponytail once a week. You can only wear jeans or track pants on Fridays. And on Wednesdays, you wear pink. If you recognize this ridiculous decalogue for membership in The Plastics, high five for being a fan of the movie Mean Girls!
I'm slowly forming a personal decalogue for how I want to live my adult life, removing the commandments that worked better for me as a teenager and young married professional, and adding new commandments that fit my life as a mom.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "decalogue" means when you can explain it without saying “ten rules" or “set of commandments."
Think of a group you belong to, such as your school or your profession, and fill in the blanks: "The number one commandment in the decalogue of (your group) is '_____.'"
Example: "The number one commandment in the decalogue of teaching is 'Don't focus on what you're going to DO with the students. Focus on what you want the students to be ABLE to do as a result.'"
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A Point Well Made:
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
1. The opposite of DECALOGUE is
A. SET OF PROHIBITIONS
B. TYPES OF CONTRABAND
C. BAND OF OUTLAWS
2. Kids are generally aware of the decalogue for environmentalism and can list at least _____
A. Al Gore and Rachel Carson.
B. pollution and littering.
C. planting trees and recycling.
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