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 warpath or multiple warpaths.
Usually, though, we just talk about being "on the warpath.")
Concretely, a warpath is exactly what it sounds like: a path you take to head to a war or conflict.
Abstractly, being on the warpath means you're getting ready for a fight, or you're really angry.
How to use it:
Talk about being on the warpath, going on the warpath, staying on the warpath, leaving the warpath, and so on.
You can also just talk about "a warpath," "the warpath," "her warpath," etc., in general: "She was furious and could see no other option than a warpath." "Try to push him off his warpath before things get out of hand."
Often, you're on the warpath for something, over something, or against something: "They're on the warpath for less homework again." "I can't believe you're on the warpath over who left the toilet seat up!" "We're on the warpath against bullying in our school."
Finally, feel free to stick in a descriptive adjective or noun before the word: "feminist warpath," "anti-vaccination warpath," "pointless and time-wasting warpath."
It's so awkward when your teacher is on the warpath over missing homework assignments again and you're the only one who turned everything in on time.
One of my resolutions a few New Years ago was to quit getting on the warpath for things that don't really matter.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "warpath” means when you can explain it without saying “angry mood” or “fight preparation."
Think of a time you got really angry, and fill in the blank: "When _____, I was instantly on the warpath."
Example: "When a stranger mocked me for being a girl shopping for power tools, I was instantly on the warpath."
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:
Our game for May is: “What Do These Words Have in Common?”
The three words given will have something specific in common. (More than one right answer might be possible, but I've only got one particular answer in mind for each set of words.) I've arranged the questions from easiest to hardest, so today’s should be pretty easy. By the end of the month, expect some whoppers.
What do these words have in common?: olive, rose, amber.
Answer: All are words for colors that are also objects in the natural world.
Try this one today: ironic, literally, disinterested.
A Point Well Made:
David Whyte: “We are each a river with a particular abiding character, but we show radically different aspects of our self according to the territory through which we travel.”
1. The opposite of WARPATH is
A. FRIENDLY FIRE
B. GOOD WILL
C. PYRRHIC VICTORY
2. She's constantly on the warpath regarding popular books, talking about _____
A. which ones will surely be made into high-budget movies and spawn endless merchandise
B. whether or not the authors were formally trained in writing and how that training or lack thereof reveals itself in the texts
C. why they represent a fundamental laziness and acceptance of low standards in our society
Answers are below.
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