1. MELANCHOLY (adjective)

Definition: A gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression.

Sentence: “The young boy sought to escape the MELANCHOLY of learning word origins for all 450,000 words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary by stress eating a bag of Oreos.”

2. AMUSEMENT (noun)

Definition: Something that causes laughter or provides entertainment

Sentence: “The young boy found no AMUSEMENT reviewing Latin root word flash cards in his basement while his friends went to the mall for Sbarro’s and a movie.”

3. AUTONOMY (noun)

Definition: Freedom from external control or influence; independence.

Sentence: When a minor feels disenfranchised he may seek AUTONOMY from Sara and John, his overly controlling spelling bee-obsessed helicopter parents.


Definition: A feeling of uneasiness or state of anxiety.

Sentence: “If a person has severe feelings of DISQUIETUDE from the idea of having to stand in front of thousands of people at the televised National Spelling Bee, the person may change into a elaborate disguise and slip out the emergency exit.”

5. RESCUE (verb)

Definition: To deliver from confinement.

Sentence: If a person is unable to disclose that they are forced to participate in a highly competitive orthography-focused championship, the person might indicate they require RESCUE by blinking three times in a row.


Definition: To free from restraint, influence.

Sentence: A boy in need of covert EMANCIPATION from an unhealthy spelling bee situation may discreetly use Morse code to signal for help.

7. LIBERATION (noun)

Definition: To free from control of an oppressor.

Sentence: The young boy sought LIBERATION from the world of competitive spelling and dug an intricate escape tunnel under his home.