Weekly Words: November 1-5


Emily James

Looking for inspiration or a great way to motivate yourself for this week’s challenges? Well, get excited, because this week’s weekly word and quote have arrived!

This week, November 1-5, the word is cacophony. The definition is an unpleasant mixture of sounds; harsh noise; discord. The root word phon means sound, and might appear in some seventh grader’s upcoming WWAW test. An example of this word is: Even from the second floor, I could hear my father attempting to teach my brother how to play the drum, the noises below making such a cacophony. This word would be the perfect fit for articles that describe a category of sound.

Now, it’s time for the weekly quote!

“Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a well-known and inspiring essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet. He impacted many generations of Americans, and still remains to be an influential figure today. Hopefully this quote gave you some inspiration for the week, take a look at what a WSMS students thought about it:

“I think the quote means to have great manners, and you’ll have to be able to sacrifice a little bit, and in the end you’ll get what you want by respecting others,” said Lily Sanders, 7.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)