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

  • Vocab Class:
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Session: Week 2, Day 1
  • New Words: laconic, throng, intrepid, accost, reticent

To the Point
Calvin Coolidge, our thirtieth president, was named “Silent Cal” by reporters because of his laconic speech. One Sunday, after Mr. Coolidge had listened to an interminable* sermon, a throng of newsmen gathered around him. An intrepid reporter 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 witness 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. crowd
10. reticent ____ e. silent

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

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