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

  • Vocab Class:
  • Coursebook: 1100 Words You Need to Know
  • Session: Week 2, Day 2
  • New Words: furtive — felon — — hapless —

If I Had the Wings of an Angel:
Casting a furtive glance over his shoulder, the felon slipped out the main prison gate to be swallowed up in the British fog. A plethora of escapes from supposedly secure prisons embarrassed the hapless wardens. To compound* their problems, the officials were badgered* by irate citizens who accused the guards of accepting bribes from convicts whose was: “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.”
(*compound see page 3; *badgered see page 4)

Sample Sentences
Use the new words in the following sentences.
1. The __________ winner was unable to locate the lucky ticket.
2. My uncle was __________ when the drunken driver swerved in front of us.
3. In a __________ manner she removed her shoes and tiptoed up to her room.
4. When the teacher asked why the homework had not been done, he was greeted by a __________ of incredible alibis.
5. Since the boss learned that Bob associated with a known __________, he fired him.

Match the new words with their meanings.
6. furtive ____ a. angry, incensed
7. felon ____ b. a person guilty of a
8. plethora ____ c.
9. hapless ____ d. excess
10. irate ____ e. , stealthy

Today’s Idiom
Pyrrhic victory: a too costly victory (King defeated the Romans but his losses were extremely heavy)
In heavy fighting the troops managed to the hill, but it could only be considered a Pyrrhic victory.

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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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