Mullins Forced to Eat Humble Pie*
The irate* 80-year-old manager pressed charges against K.O. Mullins, suing him for assault. As tangible evidence of the attack, he pointed to a deep laceration over his eyebrow that had required ten stitches. When the case was brought before the court, the judge castigated Mullins for the sordid incident. In addition to a costly financial settlement, Mullins was required to make a public apology to the octogenarian.
Use the new words in the following sentences.
- The medic reached into his kit to find a bandage for the ugly __________.
- Mr. Dixon belittled* our request for __________ proof of his loyalty.
- The kindly foreman was too reticent* to openly __________ the clumsy new worker.
- When the teenager announced her engagement to the __________, the public suspected it to be a publicity stunt.
- Stories of their __________ youth poured forth from the unhappy felons.
Match the new words with their meanings.
- tangible ____ a. having actual form
- laceration ____ b. to correct by punishing
- castigate ____ c. jagged wound
- sordid ____ d. dirty, base
- octogenarian ____ e. person in his or her eighties
Hobson’s choice to have no choice at all (Mr. Hobson owned a livery stable but he did not allow the customers to pick their own horses)
Despite all the talk about democracy in my family, my father usually gives the rest of us Hobson’s choices.