#SOL22: “Enough”

One word.

Over and over.

Again and again.

Just that one word.

But what does it mean?

Perhaps my understanding of this word (or its use) is flawed.

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The source of my aggravation was the announcer’s words

“Enough for a first down.”

September 2, 2022. IA HS football field

So if the team I was cheering for had a 3rd and 2 situation and they made two yards, it was enough.

Good call. On the nose gain. Exactly what was needed.

If it was 3rd and 2 and they made 12 yards, it was enough.

Oh, wow. In some instances that amount of yardage would be two first downs.

If it was 3rd and 2 and they made 27 yards, it was enough.

And over a quarter of the length of the entire field or over two and a half first downs.

What might varied word choice look like?

If close:


  • Sufficient
  • Eked
  • Adequate
  • Exactly

If not close:


  • Amply
  • Abundantly
  • Gratifyingly 
  • Optimally
  • plenteously

What words would you choose instead of “enough”? How annoyed are you to hear the same word over 50 times through a PA system?


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8 responses

  1. “Enough” is my OLW this year, but is it enough to just be enough? I wonder.

    1. Love your question. So many ways to think about “enough”!

  2. Words are so powerful! Your slice shows how they are full of such meaning. Thanks for modeling how to experience a word in many ways!

    1. Words matter! I love to hear a range of words instead of the same word over and over!

  3. Kind of like students constantly using “said” when writing dialogue. Enough already!

    1. Exactly! Some variation, PLEASE!

  4. I love this push to think about how we use–and overuse–words, and the power that lies behind varying our language.

    1. I found it interesting when I noticed during a “TV game” that the word enough was never used on a first down. Simply stated the yards gained visually and orally. No comment. By the end of the HS game Friday night the word “enough” had no meaning left!

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