- Session: Week 4, Day 4
- New Words: solace — aspirant – dregs – frenzy — scurrilous
The Decline of Mullins
Mullins sought solace in whiskey. Once a highly respected aspirant for the lightweight crown, he now found himself associating with the dregs of Skid Row* He would work himself into an alcoholic frenzy in which he would trumpet scurrilous attacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge. One avid* fight fan attributed Mullins’ absence from the ring to sickness, saying that he was “recovering from a bad case of SCOTCH.”
Use the new words in the following sentences.
- Vigilant* censors protect the public from listening to __________ language on television.
- The publisher scoffed* at the reports that he was an __________ for the job of Secretary of State.
- In a __________, the teenager overturned every drawer while searching for the car keys.
- At the bottom of the beautiful wine bottle, only the __________ remained.
- In trying to offer __________ to the pilot’s wife, the reporter inadvertently* made the situation worse.
Match the new words with their meanings.
- solace ____ a. most worthless part
- aspirant ____ b. coarse
- dregs ____ c. easing of grief
- frenzy ____ d. wild fit
- scurrilous ____ e. candidate for high position
to rule the roost to be in charge, to be master (a roost is a perch where domestic birds can sleep)
Although he is a lowly private in the army, at home he rules the roost.