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Word Wednesday Fun: Amok

Amok is one of those words that you usually associate with one verb. In the case of amok, it is usually “run” or the past tense “ran.” The football hooligans ran amok in the streets in the wake of the fixture. That type of association applies to many words, for example, fail. As in, he failed spectacularly. Sometimes it is impossible to simply fail. It must be a “spectacular failure”! 🙂 Amok is one of those “funny” words in the English language. It just sounds funny despite almost always used in a non-humorous context. What I didn’t know prior to this post is that it is also a noun as well as an adverb. Following the usual pattern, here is the Merriam-Webster definition followed by the…

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