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“Never judge a book by its cover” is good advice, but appearances make a pretty big impression. Looks may only be skin deep, but they often provide our first window into who, or what, we might be dealing with. We all know there’s usually more than meets the eye, but let’s be shallow and take a look these words that describe appearance.
Take a look at these vivid words to get a better idea of what we’re talking about. Pick one and create an original GIF image that illustrates the definition of the word. Check out our examples of definition GIFs here.
GIFs are short moving images that loop continuously, so think carefully about your visualization. Your GIF must present both the word and part of speech graphically on screen, like this. Get creative with looping, time manipulation, stop-motion or any other interesting film device.
In this challenge, choose one of these seven words: livid, florid, stout, lurid, bulky, blanched, blotched.
Your GIF must:
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Careful, I bruise easily
Thought starter: Ever seen a black eye? The dark, bluish color of bruised skin can be described as livid. Make a GIF featuring someone with a livid bruise.
Pro-tip: Writers sometimes use the word livid to describe a particularly noticeable bruise. Someone who fell on their arm might have a livid mark to show for it.
I blush easily, too
Thought starter: Do you know someone who blushes at the drop of a hat? When they blush, their skin becomes florid. Make a GIF that features someone with a florid face.
Pro-tip: Writers often use the word florid to describe a person with a rosy, sweaty face. If someone has just come inside from walking outside in the cold, their cheeks might appear florid.
I’m a little teapot
Thought starter: Something that is almost as tall as it is wide can be described as stout. Make a GIF that highlights a stout object.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word stout to describe someone who is short, wide, and strong. Many fantasy novels feature an elf, hobbit, or troll who could be called stout.
Thought starter: Do you know anyone who loves to dress in overly bright, or lurid, colors? This person might match neon green pants with a fluorescent orange jacket. Make a GIF featuring someone who wears lurid colors.
Pro-tip: Writers often uses lurid to describe overly bright colors, or a story with shocking details. A garish yellow car could be called lurid. Vivid details about a violent crime could be described as lurid as well.
Large and in charge
Thought starter: Have you ever packed too much for a trip? If so, your bag was probably bulky and hard to carry. Bulky objects often take up too much room, and are a pain to move around. Make a GIF about someone who has to shift a bulky object.
Pro-tip: Writers use the word bulky to describe something that is unwieldy. Experienced hikers often carry bulky backpacks when they hit the trail.
You look like you’ve seen a ghost
Thought starter: Ever had all the blood drain from your face? Maybe you were scared or suddenly very sick. If you suddenly turn white, you’ve blanched. Perhaps you’d better sit down. Make a GIF featuring someone who blanched because they’re frightened.
Pro-tip: Writers often use the word blanched when talking about the action of suddenly turning pale out of fear. A criminal might have blanched when he realized he was caught.
I think my pen leaked
Thought starter: Have you ever seen a cow covered with large, uneven spots? This animal can be described as blotched with spots. Some of us are blotched with freckles. Make a GIF that shows something blotched with irregular spots.
Pro-tip: Writers often use the word blotched to describe something that is stained or marred. An old white handkerchief might be blotched with dark stains.
In your GIF image that is less than 5 MB, you must:
Finalist and Winner Judging Criteria:
GIFs are evaluated based on the following criteria, weighed equally:
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