Back in 2008, I wrote a pretty cranky three-star review on Amazon for a book about vocabulary. I feel bad about it now, but you be the judge: was my crankiness justified? I had complained that the author wrote weird, idiom-laden sentences like this: "The modus operandi was leading up a blind alley and they were barking up the wrong tree."
This term is Latin for "way of operating."
"Constant motion, literal and figurative, is [Rickie Lee] Jones’ modus operandi. 'I've always liked to run away,' she told Rolling Stone in 1979."
Explain the meaning of "modus operandi" without saying "standard operating procedure" or "habitual method."
Fill in the blanks: "(Someone)'s modus operandi: (doing something in a certain way)."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A near opposite of MODUS OPERANDI is
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