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

Mini-Lessons from Thursday, Mar. 8, 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: protozoa: animal-like single-celled living things. Seen easily in a microscope, they are usually grouped by the way move.
  • Language Study: acronym: group of initial letters that can be pronounced as a word. FAQ (pronounced like "back") is; FBI or CEO are not.
  • Business: rationing: controlling distribution of resources, as when a country limits sales of gasoline or other limited items during a war.
  • Literature: Platonism: idea (from Plato) that an "ideal" world exists; things in this world are imperfect reflections of that.
  • New Words: graphic novel: an illustrated book like a comic book, but (usually) with more serious content.
  • Slang: Sheesh!: shows surprise or frustration. A: "I'm going to be late to your party." B: "Sheesh! Are you ever on time?"
  • Modern History: Enlightenment: also "Age of Reason," time in 18th-century Europe promoting science and opposing superstition and abuses by religion.

  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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