Monday, 10 September 2012


It's "goodbye" to the Olympics and Paralympics in London but British English has acquired a new compound noun during the Games.  It is games maker and refers to a member of staff or volunteer who helped make the Games happen by giving information to people or providing other kinds of assistance.  If you watched the Games on TV, you will have seen the games makers in their purple uniforms.

A compound noun is a word made up of two nouns or an adjective and a noun. Compound nouns can be written as two words, hyphenated [scritti con un trattino] or written as a single word.  Facebook is a compound noun; so is football.

Now see if you can make compound nouns by combining the words in the left and right-hand columns. You will find the answers below the lists:

arm                 stop

car                  guard

bus                  pan

post                dress

department     door

frying               boat

body               chair

evening           store

front               office

life                  park

To see the answers, highlight the space below:

armchair, car park, bus stop, post office, department store, frying pan, bodyguard, evening dress, front door, lifeboat.

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