Part of speech:
(Adjectives are describing words, like "large" or "late."
They can be used in two ways:
1. Right before a noun, as in "an iconic fixture"
2. After a linking verb, as in "The fixture was iconic.")
An icon is somebody or something that almost everyone knows about and recognizes. So, something or someone iconic is widely known and easily recognized, especially for being very high-quality.
How to use it:
Talk about someone being an iconic author, an iconic singer, an iconic leader, and so on. Also, talk about something being an iconic company, an iconic destination, an iconic food, an iconic television character, etc.
Jay once spent New Year's Eve in the iconic pandemonium of Times Square in New York City, but he prefers quiet celebrations at home.
Even young children easily recognize the iconic voice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. when they hear a recording of his "I Have a Dream" speech.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "iconic" means when you can explain it without saying "known" or "excellent."
Think of a well-known and incredible hero or villain from a book or movie you love, and fill in the blanks: "I admire the iconic (hero/villain) (name) from (story) for _____."
Example: "I admire the iconic villain Ursula from Disney's The Little Mermaid for her incredible skill in verbally persuading the mermaid."
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:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"shade/shadow" + "little" = ?
Try this one today:
"time/season" + "related to" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Arthur C. Clarke: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
1. The opposite of ICONIC is
2. The most iconic photographs from each time period are _____.
A. available only in black and white
B. frequently featured in history textbooks
C. hidden away in private libraries, safe from the public eye
Answers are below.
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