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1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 1, Day 2

New Words: , , , ,

Solving the Servant Problem
The worlds of science-fiction abound with wonders. Yet modern technology progresses so rapidly that what may be today’s wild dream may be next year’s kitchen appliance. A British scientist has prognosticated that within ten years every suburban matron will have her own robot servant. One task this domesticated automaton will not have to contend with will be scouring the because even today the newest ranges can be “programmed” to reduce their own baked-on to easily disposed of ashes.

Sample Sentences
Now that you’ve seen the words used in context, and hopefully have an idea of their meanings, try to use them in the following
sentences. Remember that a word-ending may have to be changed.
1. The mayor refused to __________ as to his margin of victory in the election.
2. The time is approaching when human workers may be replaced by __________.
3. A clever salesman will always ask a __________ if her mother is at home.
4. The western plains used to __________ with bison before those animals were slaughtered by settlers.
5. Man may be freed from backbreaking labor by the products of scientific __________.

Test yourself now by matching the new words with the definitions. If you are not sure of yourself, cover the top half of this page
before you begin.
6. abound ____ a. an older married woman
7. technology
____ b. branch of knowledge dealing with engineering, applied science, etc.
8. prognosticate ____ c. a robot; a mechanical “person”
9. automaton ____ d. to exist in great numbers
10. matron ____ e. to predict or foretell a future event

Today’s Idiom
a pig in a poke: an item you purchase without having seen; a disappointment
The mail order bicycle that my nephew bought turned out to be a pig in a poke, and he is now trying to get his money back.

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    Dr. Hariri

    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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    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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