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

To the Point
, our thirtieth , was named “ Cal” by reporters because of his laconic . One Sunday, after Mr. Coolidge had listened to an interminable* sermon, a throng of newsmen gathered around him. An intrepid accosted the Chief Executive: “Mr. President, we know that the sermon was on the topic of sin. What did the minister say?” “He was against it,” the reticent Coolidge replied.
(*interminable, see page 4. Each review word will be followed by an asterisk you will find the first use of the word by consulting the
Index at the back of the book.)

Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences:
1. His speech was usually rambling, but this time I found it brief and __________.
2. If a surly panhandler should __________ you, keep on walking.
3. Even under repeated questioning, the remained __________.
4. A howling __________ of teenage girls surrounded the rap artists.
5. The corporal received the Silver Star for his __________ deeds in combat.

Match the new words with their dictionary meanings.
6. laconic ____ a. expressing much in few words
7. throng ____ b. brave
8. intrepid ____ c. to approach and speak to
9. accost ____ d.
10. reticent ____ e. silent

Today’s Idiom
the sword of Damocles any imminent danger (a king seated one of his subjects a sword that was hanging by a hair, in
order to teach him the dangers a king faces)

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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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