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

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, May 16, 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: cryptography: science of making and breaking codes to keep messages a secret. Cryptology is the study of codes.
  • Language Study: motif: a subject, word, idea, etc. that is repeated in a work of art, music, or literature, like "Nevermore" in Poe's "The Raven."
  • Business: NASDAQ: a stock market completely on computers, with no physical trading place. Does more business than the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Literature: Martin Luther: (1483-1546) Roman Catholic priest in Germany. Wrote the "Ninety-five Theses" to reform the church, but started a new one
  • New Words: aloha shirt: a flowery shirt like those worn in Hawaii. "Can you believe it? He wore an aloha shirt to his brother's wedding!"
  • Slang: kind of: sort of, not exactly. A: "Is Sue your girlfriend?" B: "Kind of. We're going out, but we're still free to see other people."
  • Modern History: Allies: nations that worked together in World War I and II. In WWII the "Big Three" were the British, the Soviet Union, and the U.S.

  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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