"ruh BID ih tee" or "ruh BID ih dee"
Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the rabidity,” “such rabidity,” “no rabidity,” and so on, but don’t say “rabidities.”)
When you're rabid, you're either literally infected with rabies (and going crazy and foaming at the mouth), or you're way too extreme about what you feel or what you do. Something rabid is intense and furious.
"Rabidity" is the noun for this idea: it's a crazy extremeness or a furious intensity.
Rabid, rabidly. You can say "rabidness," but "rabidity" sounds nicer, doesn't it?
How to use it:
Talk about someone doing something with rabidity, as in "He corrects other people's grammar with rabidity." You can talk about the rabidity of people or their behavior, as in "The rabidity of football fans baffles me" and "The rabidity of her tone when she discusses gun control is just rude." You can put nouns before this word, as in "political rabidity" and "fangirl rabidity." Rabidity can belong to someone or something, as in "their rabidity" or "rap music's rabidity." You can have fits of rabidity, phases of rabidity, moods of rabidity, and so on, and lastly, you can just talk about rabidity as an emotion or a phenomenon, as in "Rabidity on these message boards is common."
Note: Make your point with "rabidity," but for the sake of politeness, don't make your point with rabidity. :)
My experiences eating at that local pancake house don't really validate the rabidity of some of its Yelp reviews; the pancakes were so-so.
As a young teenager, I was always updating my Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan site with rabidity.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "rabidity" means when you can explain it without saying "madness" or "enthusiasm."
Think of something that inspires and thrills you, and fill in the blank: "I admit that my excitement over _____ borders on rabidity at times.”
Example: “I admit that my excitement over organizing things borders on rabidity at times.”
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 real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
Yesterday’s answer: “Maintain Your Present Grip on Existing Circumstances, We’re Progressing Toward our Domicile” is really “Hold On, We're Going Home” by Drake featuring Majid Jordan.
Try this one today: “Juxtaposed with Myself”
A Point Well Made:
W. B. Yeats: “The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”
1. The opposite of RABIDITY is
2. It's wiser to _____ when you find yourself writing a letter with frothing rabidity.
A. be a bit more firm
B. wait until you've cooled down a bit
C. be a little less polite
Answers are below.
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