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

Mini-Lessons from Friday, May 25, 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: hormones: chemicals made by the glands in the body. They are "messengers" telling the other organs what to do, and when.
  • Language Study: phrasal verb: verb + adverb or preposition, making a single verb with its own meaning. "Get up" is very different from "get," etc.
  • Business: regulator: person or group (often from the government) that controls the way an industry does business, like banking regulators.
  • Literature: "The Divine Comedy": Dante's 14th-century poem describing Hell (Inferno), Heaven (Paradiso), and between them, Purgatory (Purgatorio).
  • New Words: babe: attractive person, usually of the opposite sex. Also a form of address. "Look at that babe!" or "Hi, Babe." But may be rude.
  • Slang: As they do: (mainly British) joking agreement, says "That's how they are (he is, etc.)" A: "Mike and Kim came late." B: "As they do."
  • Modern History: I have a dream: a speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., given in Washington, D.C., in 1963. Key moment in the civil rights movement.

  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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