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  • 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Vocab Class:
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Session: Week 2, Day 3
  • New Words: pretext — fabricate — adroit — gesticulate — vigilant

Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde?
Under the pretext of being a surgeon he gained entry to the hospital. When interviewed by the director, he had to fabricate a tale of his medical experience, but he was so adroit at lying that he got away with it. It was not until the phony “doctor” began to gesticulate wildly with his scalpel, that a vigilant nurse was able to detect the fraud. In the annals* of medical history there have been a number of such cases.

Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. The shootings at Columbine High School made educators much more __________,
2. My nephew is quite __________ at making model airplanes.
3. Most fisherman can __________ a story about the size of the one that got away.
4. Her __________ of being tired did not fool us for an instant.
5. I often marvel as I watch the traffic officer __________ at the onrushing cars.

Pick the letter of the definition that matches your new word and write it in the answer space.
6. pretext ____ a. to lie; to construct
7. fabricate ____ b. skillful
8. adroit ____ c. an excuse
9. gesticulate ____ d. watchful
10. vigilant ____ e. move the arms energetically

Today’s Idiom
a wet blanket: one who spoils the fun
Everyone wanted the party to go on, but Ronnie, the wet blanket, decided to go home to bed.

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