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1100 Words, Week 6, Day 1

1100 Words, Week 6, Day 1

1100 Words, Week 6, Day 1

Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know


New Words:

affluentfeasiblediscern – sally – consternation

The Newspaper Umbrella
Our neighbor is an affluent inventor whose latest brainstorm, a feasible umbrella substitute, has been featured in many magazines. As
simply as the eye can discern, it is a hard plastic strip, about the size of a ruler, which fits comfortably into a woman’s handbag or a man’s suit jacket. If a person is caught in a sudden rainstorm, he swings the plastic open in the shape of a cross. Attached to each arm is a clip-like device. Next, he takes the newspaper he is carrying and slides it under each of the four clips. Now, equipped with a rigid head covering he can sally forth to face the elements. To the consternation of the umbrella manufacturers, it has been enjoying a brisk sale, especially among commuters. If it continues to do well, it could have a pernicious* effect upon the umbrella industry.


Sample Sentences
Fit the new words into the proper blanks.
1. Some prisoners planned a disturbance while others would __________ toward the gate.
2. Under duress* from the tax officer, the beggar admitted that he was truly __________.
3. To the __________ of the sergeant, there was a paucity* of volunteers for the dangerous mission.
4. It’s __________ to build an electric auto, but wouldn’t you need a terribly long extension cord?
5. When we could __________ the city lights, we knew we were safe at last.


Definitions
Match the new words with their meanings.
6. affluent ____ a. suddenly rush forth
7. feasible ____ b. possible
8. discern ____ c. dismay
9. sally (v.) ____ d. rich
10. consternation ____ e. perceive*


Today’s Idiom

I’m from Missouri: a skeptic, one who is not easily convinced
You might swallow his promises, but I’m from Missouri.


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