My favorite holiday is May 1, and that is for one reason, and one reason only: “The Lusty Month of May”. 🌼 To me, this tongue-in-cheek song from the movie Camelot embodies the playful, whimsical aspect of human nature, and everything that is delightful about springtime. The song gives us the feeling that spring is a time when we come alive and give in to the passionate, life-loving parts of our natures. It’s a time for us to run, and dance, and love, and not have a care in the world. It’s a time to exist in the moment, and revel in the earth as it blooms around us. But “The Lusty Month of May” is not only a great song. If you’re learning English, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to grow your vocabulary!

 

In this vocabulary post, you will learn 33 new English words through the lyrics to “The Lusty Month of May”. I hope you enjoy today’s vocab jam, Stepper! (And if you do like it, please share it! 🥰)

TONGUE-IN-CHEEK

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WHIMSICAL

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GIVE IN (TO SOMETHING)

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NOT HAVE A CARE IN THE WORLD

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LIVE IN THE MOMENT

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REVEL IN

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BLOOM

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Level Up Your Vocabulary with “The Lusty Month of May”

 

In English, we say that April showers bring May flowers. But, if this song is anything to go by, a lot more than flowers arrive in May! 😉💖

 

(By the way… Isn’t Vanessa Redgrave incredible?! I love her!)

 

 

Related: Grow your vocabulary with my ESL words of the day!

 

It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May!
That lovely month when everyone goes blissfully astray!
It’s here! It’s here! That shocking time of year
When tons of wicked little thoughts merrily appear!

 

It’s May! It’s May! That gorgeous holiday
When every maiden itches for fun, wholesome or un-.
It’s mad! Oh, it’s gay! Depraved in every way!
Those dreary vows that everyone takes, everyone breaks…
Everyone makes divine mistakes!
The lusty month of May!

 

It’s May! It’s May! The lusty month of May!
That darling month when everyone throws self-control away!
It’s time to do a wretched thing or two,
And try to make each precious day one you’ll always rue!

 

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It’s May! It’s May! The month of “yes you may!”
The time for every frivolous whim, proper or im-.
It’s wild! It’s wild, it’s gay!
A libelous display!
The birds and bees with all of their vast amorous past
Gaze at the human race aghast!
The lusty month of May!

 

[Repeat song with everyone singing]

 

Related: Why you should be learning English with music

LUSTY

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This song is very playful with language. So, she’s using the word ‘lusty’, but we’re also meant to think of the word ‘lust’, which refers to sexual desire.

GO ASTRAY

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BLISSFULLY

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SHOCKING

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TONS

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WICKED

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MERRILY

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GORGEOUS

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MAIDEN

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ITCH FOR

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WHOLESOME / UNWHOLESOME

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The song is being playful when it says “wholesome or un-“, but in conversation, we don’t do this. We would use the whole words, “wholesome or unwholesome”.

MAD

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GAY

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DEPRAVED

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DREARY

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VOW

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The song here is talking about wedding vows.

DIVINE

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DARLING

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THROW AWAY

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SELF-CONTROL

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WRETCHED

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PRECIOUS

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RUE

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Related: Level up your vocabulary with the song “Ol’ Man River”

FRIVOLOUS

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WHIM

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LIBELOUS

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The song is being playful with words, so it’s not talking literally about libel. What it means is “such naughty behavior that it will sound like libel when people talk about it”.

DISPLAY

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THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

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This is another example of the song being playful. This is a way for it to reference sex without actually saying “sex”. If you like this idiom, you may also enjoy the old hit song, “The Birds and the Bees”.

Related: Grow your vocabulary with these idioms about apples

VAST

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AMOROUS

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GAZE

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AGHAST

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