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

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 frenzy in which he would trumpet scurrilous attacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge. One * fight fan attributed Mullins’ absence from the ring to sickness, saying that he was “recovering from a bad case of SCOTCH.”

Sample Sentences

Use the new words in the following sentences.

  1. Vigilant* censors protect the public from listening to __________ language on television.
  2. The publisher scoffed* at the reports that he was an __________ for the job of Secretary of State.
  3. In a __________, the teenager overturned every drawer while searching for the car keys.
  4. At the bottom of the beautiful , only the __________ remained.
  5. In trying to offer __________ to the pilot’s wife, the reporter inadvertently* made the situation worse.


Match the new words with their meanings.

  1. solace ____ a. most worthless part
  2. aspirant ____ b.
  3. dregs ____ c. easing of grief
  4. frenzy ____ d. wild fit
  5. scurrilous ____ e. candidate for high position

Today’s Idiom

to rule the roost to be in charge, to be master (a roost is a where domestic birds can sleep)

Although he is a in the army, at home he rules the roost.

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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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