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1100 Words You Need to Know – Week 4, Day 2

Mullins Throws Down the Gauntlet*

The pugnacious K.O. Mullins demanded a rematch. He took a full-page newspaper advertisement to promulgate his challenge. When the champ’s manager saw the brash announcement, he accosted* Mullins, who was surrounded by a throng* of newsmen. The manager openly scoffed at Mullins and belittled his fighting ability. Mullins then lost his temper and punched the manager, knocking him from his wheelchair.

Sample Sentences

Use the new words in the following sentences.

  1. We implored* the faculty advisor to __________ the requirements for the presidency of the club.
  2. My mother liked the salesman’s __________ personality, but he irritated most people.
  3. I don’t understand modern art, but I neither loathe* nor __________ at it.
  4. Since everyone can outpunch my cousin, he cannot afford to be __________.
  5. Although Ralph can’t play, he doesn’t to __________ the efforts of our football team.


Match the new words with their meanings.

  1. pugnacious ____ a. quarrelsome
  2. promulgate ____ b. to make seem less important
  3. brash ____ c. to
  4. scoff ____ d.
  5. belittle ____ e. to make known officially

Today’s Idiom


Although the party had just begun, after his first drink he was feeling no pain.

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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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