In time, these lessons and "stubs" will be migrated to the Buzzwords site.
Until then, consider them historical.

Mini-Lessons from Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

These Mini-Lessons are posted on Twitter, and in China on Weibo, throughout the day. You can follow them there!

To get the most from them, you should try to use them in sentences, or discuss them with friends. Writing something on Twitter or Weibo is a great way to practice!
  • Science: vertebrates: animals with a spinal cord and backbone; fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals are vertebrates; not insects, worms.
  • Language Study: hyperbole: exaggeration; saying something much stronger than is necessary. "I'd kill for some food" instead of "I'm very hungry."
  • Business: overhead: the fixed costs of running a business, like rent, power, etc. Doesn't include salaries or raw materials.
  • Literature: The Gift of the Magi: story by O. Henry where a young couple gives up their most important things to buy each other Christmas presents.
  • New Words: cyberbullying: using the internet to bully someone, threatening them with text or images.
  • Slang: Ugh: Sound of disgust or frustration. "You like Lady Gaga? Ugh! I hate her!"
  • Modern History: Battle of Waterloo: British and others beat Napoleon, ending his military career. "Meet one's W" means any loss after long success.

  1. Except for the Slang words, all the words in these Mini-Lessons came from lists either on the Oxford University Press site or in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Slang words are from my own list, and I wrote the definitions and examples myself.

This lesson is ©2012 by James Baquet. You may share this work freely. Teachers may use it in the classroom, as long as students are told the source (URL). You may not publish this material or sell it. Please write to me if you have any questions about "fair use"

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