Because I work in a high school, it is my burden to spend my days listening to teenagers tease and otherwise disrespect one another with barnyard epithets, including the dreaded “N-word.” I’ve long considered designing and teaching an English Language Arts unit on insults–if for no other reason to elevate the discourse even minutely among the students in this school.
To that end, I wrote this context clues worksheet on the noun creep yesterday. Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate (the dictionary of record, so to speak, here at Mark’s Text Terminal) defines it, for the purposes of the context I’ve used here, as “an unpleasant or obnoxious person.”
A timely word, then.
If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.