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1100 Words, Week 5, Day 3

1100 Words, Week 5, Day 31100 Words, Week 5, Day 3

  • English Vocabulary Class
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Date of Class: May 29, 2016, from 9:00 to 10:00 pm (Iran)
  • Use the audio player below to listen to the podcast of this vocabulary class which is based on the text below.

New Words

egregious – – duplicity – acrimonious – paucity

Star Player Is Caught
The cheating scandal came to a head when Art Krause, our football captain, made the egregious mistake of getting caught cheating
on a . If Art were suspended for his part in that sordid* affair, our chances for winning the city would .* The distraught coach asked the principal to Art’s duplicity, but Mr. Dorsey replied in an acrimonious fashion that the players had been given ”a plethora” of athletic instruction but moral guidance.”

Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. The bank teller’s __________ error was difficult to correct.
2. We tried to ignore her __________ comments, but that took considerable restraint.
3. __________ is the of all adroit* counterspies.
4. Although it was a , the teacher complained about the __________ of talent there.
5. The soldiers were __________ to learn that their furloughs had been canceled.

Match the new words with their meanings.
6. egregious ____ a. scarcity
7. distraught ____ b. ,
8. duplicity ____ c. , crazed
9. acrimonious ____ d. remarkably bad
10. paucity ____ e. bitter

Today’s Idiom
to pass the buck: to evade responsibility (the “buck” may have been a piece of buckshot passed from one poker player to another to keep track of whose turn it was to deal)
He always gives me a straight answer and never tries to pass the buck.


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    Dr. Hariri

    Would you rather be happy yet slow-witted and unimaginative, or unhappy yet bright and creative? For instance, would you rather live the life of a brilliant yet tortured artist, such as Vincent van Gogh, or that of a happy but carefree soul who is a bit simple-minded?

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    I prefer to challenge this question at first and bring up my viewpoint next.
    There are different successful people in the world who reached the apex through different procedures. Although some have faced torture to reach their goals, it does not mean we have to necessarily lose something in our life to climb the ladder of success. Anyway, I suppose the most enjoyable part of life is making progress and relying on your abilities to flourish and thrive. So, I personally go for intelligence and innovation rather than happiness along with naivety. Many people have lived an ordinary life so far and repeating this story can never excite me at all. We need to gain new adventurous experiences and foster our abilities so as to break out of comfort zone.

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