Illustration by Lance Lekander

One Word, 3 Ways / Word Nerd

In each issue, our Vocab Lab celebrates the weird, wild, and wonderful world of words.

From the March/April 2020 Issue

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One Word, 3 Ways 

Look how this friendly horse uses our word of the issue, relay. It can mean “a race in which each team member completes a section,” “a group of dogs or horses that takes the place of others to continue a task,” or “to deliver a message or information from one person to another.”    

  • I’m part of a relay to deliver mail in these parts. Giddyup.
  • Could someone please relay the message that I need to see the dentist?
  • I wanted to be in the relay race, but Fast Pete beat me for the spot on the team.

The Adventures of The Word Nerd    

Tyler Maxwell used to be a typical boy. But one day, a 10-pound dictionary fell on his head.

Luckily, he survived. But now Tyler can use only the biggest, hardest words there are. His friends don’t understand him. Can you help?

Lance Lekander

"We sought a haven from the squall."

This article was originally published in the March/April 2020 issue.

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