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 or something effervesces.)
When something effervesces, it bubbles: it gives off bubbles.
More loosely, when people or things effervesce, they show a bubbly liveliness or a bubbly excitement.
effervesced, effervescing, effervescent, effervescently, effervescence
How to use it:
Talk about effervescing with an emotion ("She effervesced with pride") or effervescing about something ("He effervesced about his board game collection.") You can also just plain effervesce: "Talking about our baby daughter, we tend to effervesce."
Though it's often people who effervesce, things can, too: your soda and champagne effervesce, and so might your laughter, your speech, your dancing, your art, your music, your writing, etc.
I can't help but effervesce with praise when my one-year-old brings a book over to me and plops down in my lap.
My friend Theresa sends me effervescent text messages that make me smile.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "effervesce" means when you can explain it without saying “enthusiasm" or "fizz."
Think of someone you know who is happy and full of life, and fill in the blanks: "I enjoy (Person's) effervescence when (he/she) _____."
Example: "I enjoy Chelsea's effervescence when she posts cute pictures of her and her fiancé."
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 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?
Answer: Albuquerque. Weird Al sings:
I said "A" (A!)
Try this one today:
Some anagrams for the name of this body of water include “Gale Latest Ark” and “At Largest Leak.” I like those! They seem poetic and very vaguely appropriate descriptions for this ever-changing body of water. What is it called?
A Point Well Made:
Stephen Wilbers: “But there’s a danger in possessing a broad vocabulary: You might be tempted to use language to show off or impress rather than to convey thoughts with the words that are appropriate for the occasion and the audience. So first you must learn the word; then you must know when to use it.”
1. The opposite of EFFERVESCE could be
2. She maintained her effervescence despite _____.
A. hints that she should dress more professionally at the office
B. experiencing one disappointment after another
C. being allergic to pollen
Answers are below.
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