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 quagmire or multiple quagmires.)
Literally, a quagmire is a place where the ground is wet and soft, so if you walked on it, your feet would get sucked into the ground. Figuratively, a quagmire is a difficult, dangerous, sticky situation.
How to use it:
Talk about being in a quagmire, getting caught in a quagmire, getting sucked down into a quagmire, and so on. You can talk about “the quagmire of something,” as in “the quagmire of semester exams,” and you can make up your own phrase with a noun right before “quagmire,” as in “a legal quagmire,” “a romantic quagmire,” or “a Facebook quagmire.” Lastly, talk about somebody’s quagmire, like “Bill Cosby’s quagmire” or “Turkey’s quagmire.”
Tina saw no way out of her quagmire as she realized the ten-page paper was due in ten minutes and she had only three pages written.
There’s just no easy way to exit the quagmire of war.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "quagmire" means when you can explain it without saying "swamp" or "dilemma."
Think of the last time you thought, “Oh jeez, how am I going to get out of this?” or "How will I even deal with this?", and fill in the blanks: “My _____ quagmire got even worse when _____.”
Example: “My Comcast quagmire got even worse when the technician didn’t show up to the appointment to fix the Internet connection, which had been down for weeks.”
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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.
"to do" + "things" = ?
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"together" + "shut" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Oscar Wilde: "Always forgive your enemies--nothing annoys them so much."
1. The opposite of QUAGMIRE is
A. GOOD FORTUNE
B. MENTAL ALERTNESS
C. QUICK UNDERSTANDING
2. The family realized they were in a financial quagmire, so they _____.
A. reinvested a few hundred thousand dollars into the stock market.
B. looked for ways to reduce their spending.
C. took a vacation to Hawaii.
Answers are below.
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