“Come autumn’s scathe – come winter’s cold – Come change – and human fate!” Elizabeth Barrett Browning writes a reminder in ‘The Autumn’ to embrace the changes that the seasons bring. In accord, a collection of words about change. Answers on next page.
1. ameliorate v. – A: make better or more tolerable. B: make worse. C: turn upside down. 2. tack v. – A: switch horses. B: follow a zigzag course. C: tailor a suit. 3. ferment n. – A: state of unrest or disorderly development. B: improvement. C: evaporation. 4. synchronise v. – A: cause to coincide. B: increase speed. C: move one’s lips. 5. static adj. – A: in a frenzy. B: unchanging. C: moving through space. 6. flux n. – A: series of failures. B: continued flow. C: rapid rise. 7. vicissitudes n. – A: exact opposites. B: minor adjustments. C: ups and downs. 8. fickle adj. – A: beginning to decay.
B: marked by a lack of constancy. C: stuck in a rut. 9. immutable adj. – A: in motion. B: not susceptible to change. C: becoming a monster. 10. adapt v. – A: spread gradually. B: become airborne. C: make fit, usually by alteration. 11. crescendo n. – A: sudden narrowing. B: gradual increase. C: change in colour. 12. hiatus n. – A: growth spurt. B: interruption in time or continuity. C: change of season. 13. agitate v. – A: replace. B: break into bits. C: disturb emotionally. 14. senescent adj. – A: getting old. B: catching fire. C: developing a fragrance. 15. incorrigible adj. – A: rustproof. B: spontaneous. C: not reformable.