January 15, 2017
goad (noun)
\GOAD\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a pointed rod used to urge an animal on2 : something that urges : spur
How do you use it?
Mr. Barton hoped the upcoming class trip to Washington D.C. would serve as a goad to the students to make them study their lessons about the nation's early history.
Are you a word wiz?

"Goad" is one of several words we could have used in the above sentence without changing the sentence's basic meaning. Which of the following do you think is another?

Did your instincts goad you into choosing C? Both "incentive" and "goad" refer to something that stimulates you to act. While "incentive" generally applies to an external influence (like an expected award) that makes you want to do something, "goad" usually suggests a motive that makes you do something you'd rather not do. Another synonym of "goad" is "spur," which usually applies to a motive that increases your energy or eagerness.
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