To malleate something is to beat it into shape with a hammer.
So, something or someone malleable is easily shaped or easily influenced, as if bending easily under a hammer.
Several ways are correct.
I prefer "MAL yuh bull."
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 "a malleable memory."
2. After a linking verb, as in "The memory was malleable.")
How to use it:
You can be literal and talk about malleable metals that remain in the shape you hammer them into, the malleable clay that lets you form it into a vase or a cup, your malleable hair that stays curly after you curl it, a malleable pipe cleaner that stays in the shape of a flower after you bend it that way, and so on.
We'll focus on figurative meanings, though. Talk about a malleable mind or personality, a malleable group of people (like a malleable workforce or a malleable kindergarten class), a malleable set of morals or beliefs, a malleable attitude or way of looking at things, a malleable memory of an event, someone's malleable behavior or use of language, and so on.
You sometimes say that one thing is malleable to the thing that's influencing it: "a vast command of language malleable to your mood and purpose," "an obstinate woman malleable to no words of persuasion."
Learning a foreign language is much easier to do when you're young, when your mind is more malleable.
In these modern times, when psychological studies have clearly demonstrated the malleability of our opinions and memories, the fact that we still convict people using juries and witnesses is baffling.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "malleable" means when you can explain it without saying "hammer-able" or "easy to influence."
Think of a time when you were easily influenced, and fill in the blanks: "At the age of _____, my (mind/behavior) was malleable to (something in particular that influenced you)."
Example: "At the age of twenty, my mind was malleable to any and all of my professors' exhortations about how to think and how to live."
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:
We're playing with clichés this month, examining the origins of some colorful ones. I’ll give you a cliché (some of which you might also call a proverb and/or an idiom) and pose a multiple-choice question about its origin. (I used this nifty book as a reference!)
Yesterday's question: If you “feel something in your bones,” you’ve got a gut feeling about it. Is this cliché from Beowulf, a Shakespearean play, or a Charles Dickens novel?
Answer: It’s from Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, which probably didn’t make it onto your high school reading list.
Try this one today: When you talk about how great something is by saying it’s “of the first magnitude,” are you (perhaps unknowingly) referencing the strength of earthquakes, the skill of generals, or the brightness of stars?
A Point Well Made:
Elizabeth Gilbert: “Anyhow, the older I get, the less impressed I become with originality. These days, I’m far more moved by authenticity… Share whatever you are driven to share.”
1. The opposite of MALLEABLE is
2. _____ is a forum for people whose opinions are malleable to evidence and arguments.
A. Echo Chamber B. Change My View
C. Shower Thoughts
Answers are below.
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