- 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.
egregious – distraught – 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 midterm exam. If Art were suspended for his part in that sordid* affair, our chances for winning the city championship would go up in smoke.* The distraught coach asked the principal to overlook Art’s duplicity, but Mr. Dorsey replied in an acrimonious fashion that the players had been given ”a plethora” of athletic instruction but a paucity of moral guidance.”
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 stock in trade of all adroit* counterspies.
4. Although it was a creative writing class, 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. cunning, trickery
8. duplicity ____ c. mentally confused, crazed
9. acrimonious ____ d. remarkably bad
10. paucity ____ e. bitter
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.