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

Mini-Lessons from Sunday, May 13, 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: UFOs: moving things in sky that can't be explained, often man-made or natural. Some people think they're visitors from another planet.
  • Language Study: literal: actual, not symbolic. Washington was called the "Father of his Country," but had no children, so not a literal father.
  • Business: acquisition: act of getting (acquiring) something; especially, buying another business. "Bob kept his job after the acquisition."
  • Literature: creation science: tries to prove that the Bible story of God making the world is literal, scientific truth. Most scientists disagree.
  • New Words: docking station: a place to connect your laptop so it works like a desktop, with a minimum number of cables.
  • Slang: to snap something up: to get something quickly. "These cars are selling fast, folks. You had better snap one up before they're gone!"
  • Modern History: Borden Lizzie: (1860-1927) In the 1890s, her father and step-mother were killed with an ax. She was accused, but not convicted.

  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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