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

1100 Words, Week 6, Day 3

Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know

New Words


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.

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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