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This week’s Word of the Week is


  • Look up the word in a dictionary
  • Find a definition and a word class (adjective, noun, verb etc)
  • Think of a sentence that shows that you can use the word properly
  • Fill in the form on Frog (including your FULL name)
  • Get merits and, perhaps, chocolate

Last week’s winner was Third Former Charlotte with ‘My father is not fully aware that buying expensive shoes for a party is an affectation to impress strangers.’ This shows the meaning really well – and highlights the difference between affective / affection and affectation, all of which share the Latin root ‘affectere’ really well. Affectation, which came into English in the late 16th century, means to display for mere effect and implies insincerity.