1100 Words, Week 9, Day 2
? Study this recorded class.
? New Words
? Words in Context
Bigots* Get Publicity
Today, the blatant bigot, the leader of a lunatic fringe, and the hate-monger, each with his tiny entourage, find it relatively easy to attract publicity. Newspapers give space to the virulent activities of those agitators on the grounds that they are newsworthy. TV producers and radio executives, seeking for sensationalism, often extend a welcome to such controversial characters. “Yes,” said the host of one such program, “we invite bigots, but it is only for the purpose of making them look ridiculous by displaying their inane* policies to the public.” Some civic-minded organizations have answered, however, that the hosts are not always equipped to demolish those guests, and even if they were, the audience would still be exposed to the venom they spew forth.
? Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. The visiting dictator’s ubiquitous* entourage of bodyguards disturbed our tranquil* city.
2. Europe’s population was afflicted* by a virulent plague known as the Black Death.
3. From each candidate’s headquarters acrimonious* charges would spew forth daily.
4. Clym Yeobright’s mother succumbed* to the venom of a snake bite.
5. With blatant discourtesy the reporters continued to harass* the bereaved family.
Match the new words with their meanings.
6. blatant ➡ disagreeably loud, very showy
7. entourage ➡ group of attendants
8. virulent ➡ full of hate, harmful
9. venom ➡ poison, spite, malice
10. spew ➡ throw up, vomit, eject