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1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 3, Day 4

Call Me By My Right Name
My cousin refers to himself as a ””a euphemism for . There are any number of people who try to find more respectable or titles for the mundane jobs they hold. It may seem incongruous to call an undertaker a “condolence counselor,” or to refer to a taxi driver as a “transportation expediter,” but some prefer those titles.
, our butcher has stipulated that from now on he wants to be known as a “meat coordinator.” He became irate* when I * called him “Butch.”

Sample Sentences
In which blanks do the new words belong?
1. We repudiated* the contract because it did not __________ a cost of living bonus.
2. The word “expired” is a __________ for “died.”
3. When my neighbor’s dog was run over, we sent a __________ card.
4. The philosopher dealt with things, ignoring the __________ ones.
5. The play was so __________ that it seemed to be the work of several authors.

Match the new words with their meanings.
6. euphemism ____ a.
7. mundane ____ b. a less offensive term
8. incongruous ____ c. to specify a condition
9. condolence ____ d. inappropriate
10. stipulate ____ e. pity

Today’s Idiom
to go up in smoke: to come to no practical result (kindling smokes but it will not light a fire)
The ’s plans to get the gubernatorial nomination went up in smoke when he couldn’t end the costly strike.

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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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