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1100 Words, Week 6, Day 3

1100 Words, Week 6, Day 31100 Words, Week 6, Day 3

1100 Words, Week 6, Day 3

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New Words

disparagelaudablefiascomasticateeschew


Hold That Nobel Prize!

Speaking of inventions and discoveries, I just learned that an eminent* scientist in Ohio has developed a pill that contains all the nutritive value of three complete meals. In addition to providing us with the vitamins and minerals we need daily, this pill also gives
a feeling of fullness. According to its sponsors, the pill will nourish and satisfy. I hate to disparage such a laudable achievement, but to me it seems like a most objectionable discovery. Rather than a scientific triumph, I’d be inclined to label it as an egregious*
blunder, a scientific disaster, a laboratory fiasco. Is there anyone in his right mind who thinks that a pill can replace the pleasures of devouring hot corn bread, masticating on a thick steak, biting into crisp french fries, or attacking a chocolate sundae? I’m afraid that
this is one pill I’ll have to eschew from chewing.


Sample Sentences
Insert the new words in the following sentences.
1. The paradox* is that Javert’s inexorable* pursuit of Jean Valjean was both  laudable and despicable.
2. The affluent* disparaged the efforts of his small competitor, saying that he could always tolerate* that kind of rivalry.
3. To aid in digestion, you masticate each piece of meat one dozen times.
4. In an acrimonious* letter, her father described the project as a fiasco.
5. Once he sought the limelight, but now eschews all interviews.


Definitions
Match the new words with their meanings.
6. disparage: to discredit, belittle
7. laudable: praiseworthy
8. fiasco: complete failure
9. masticate: to chew up
10. eschew: to avoid


Today’s Idiom
to let sleeping dogs lie: to let well enough alone, to avoid stirring up old hostilities
The lawyer wanted to open up the old case, but his partner advised him to let sleeping dogs lie.

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  • #40593

    Dr. Hariri
    Keymaster

    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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    Sasan
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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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