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1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 2, Day 3


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.

Definitions
Pick the letter of the definition that matches your new word and write it in the answer space.
6. pretext ____ a. to lie; to
7. fabricate ____ b. skillful
8. adroit ____ c. an
9. gesticulate ____ d.
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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    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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