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

Mini-Lessons from Monday, May 28, 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: thermostat: control used to set the temperature of a room. For instance, when the room gets cool, the thermostat turns the heater on.
  • Language Study: biography: story of someone's life. If the person in the story writes it, it's an "autobiography."
  • Business: assembly line: line where machines or workers assemble (put together) parts made elsewhere in the company into finished products.
  • Literature: Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?: Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" on seeing Helen of Troy, whose beauty caused Trojan War.
  • New Words: mwah: sound of a kiss, especially when written. "Counting the days until I see you! Until then, a big kiss! MWAH!"
  • Slang: nope: casual way to say "no." A: "Would you like a snack?" B: "Nope. Just ate." May seem impolite; here, "No, thanks" is better.
  • Modern History: divine right of kings: idea that God gives power to kings and queens. So to work against them is a sin. Common until the 17th century.

  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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