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Friday, February 10, 2012

Mini-Lessons from Friday, Feb. 10, 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: bug: casual ("slang") name for a problem in a computer or other electronic device. "Can we fix this software bug?"
  • Language Study: contraction: shortening of one or more words, usually with an apostrophe ('). "Isn't" for "is not," "gov't" for "government," etc.
  • Business: deficit: shortage of money. "Deficit financing" (especially by governments) means paying for projects by borrowing money.
  • Literature: naturalism: style of writing and art that tries to show things as they really are. Leads to some unpleasant things, not all beauty.
  • New Words: speed dating: an event where many men meet many women by moving around a circle in short, timed conversations.
  • Slang: take someone's word for it: believe someone. A: "Rome is beautiful!" B: "I haven't been there; I'll have to take your word for it."
  • Modern History: Captain William Kidd: (1645-1701) English pirate. Fought against pirates, but then became one and was executed. Left buried treasure?

  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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