Part of speech:
(Like “sleep,” “skydive,” and “succeed,” all intransitive verbs show complete action on their own and do not do action to an object. You sleep, you skydive, you succeed, and that’s it. You don’t “sleep a bed,” “skydive a plane,” or “succeed a plan”.
Likewise, someone decamps.)
To decamp is to pack up your stuff (from where you camped for the night) and go.
More loosely, decamping is leaving in a fast, often secret way. You decamp from a place when you need to really get gone fast and/or sneak out.
decamped, decamping, decampment
How to use it:
This is a funny word that calls to mind the image of people grabbing all their stuff and skedaddling, leaving skid marks on their way out. You can talk about decamping from your town or country, decamping from the scene of a crime, decamping from your terrible domain host or stressful family gatherings, and so on. And though "from" often follows "decamp," you can also decamp to a place, decamp with something or someone, and just plain decamp.
Ashlee Simpson, despite producing plenty of cute, lively pop songs, is most famous for making an error during her live performance on Saturday Night Live, dancing a strange little jig, then decamping in a panicfrom the stage.
We learned a painful lesson about paying people in advance when the guy who was scheduled to do our lawn services for several months decamped from town.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "decamp" means when you can explain it without saying “hightail it" or "bolt."
Think of the last time you were relieved to escape from somewhere, and fill in the blank: "After/When/Because _____, I'd had enough and unceremoniously decamped."
Example: "After making conversation with lots of people I barely knew while struggling to hear over the blaring music, I'd had enough and unceremoniously decamped."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
Our game for July is called A Verbal Tour of the US. I’ll ask you a trivia question each day this month about the names of US cities, states, geographic features, etc. Try it out each day, and see the right answer the next day. Happy verbal trails to you!
The name of this US territory means “rich port.” It’s an example of a certain type of landform—a string of islands— that we call by a word with Greek roots meaning “chief” and “sea.” What’s the name of the territory? And what’s the name of the landform?
Answer: Puerto Rico is an archipelago.
(In Greek, “arkhi” = “chief” and “pelagos” = “sea.”)
Try this one today:
The name of this hard-to-spell city ultimately came from Latin roots meaning “white” and “oak,” and the city’s name is also the title of a truly hilarious and bizarre Weird Al Yankovic song, toward the end of which he attempts to spell the name, cheerleader-style. What city is it?
A Point Well Made:
E. B. White: "Children ... are the most attentive, curious, eager, observant, sensitive, quick, and generally congenial readers on earth.”
1. The opposite of DECAMP is
2. The _____ decamped with _____.
A. burglars .. the jewels
B. scouts .. knot-tying skills
C. mountaineers .. ever-higher climbing goals
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