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

Mini-Lessons from Wednesday, May 30, 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!
  • Link: Writing Business Letters in English:
  • Ancient History: Lucrezia Borgia: (1480-1519) Member of Borgia family of Renaissance Italy; sister to Cesare. Accused of plotting, tricks, poisoning.
  • Irregular Verbs: I retake pictures that turn out poorly. I retook one yesterday. I have retaken quite a few since my camera broke!
  • Idiom: buy a pig in a poke: buy something you haven't seen. A: "I never shop online." B: "Why?" A: "I don't like to buy a pig in a poke."
  • Pop Culture: Muhammad Ali: (born 1942 as Cassius Clay) African-American boxing champion, famous for his boxing style and his BIG personality.
  • Slang: 'Sup?: Short for "What's up?" A: "Hey, Moe. 'Sup?" B: "Not much. 'Sup with you?" A: "Nothing much."
  • Government: moratorium: a delay or stopping agreed on by two sides. If A owes B money, they can agree on a "moratorium" on payment, delaying it.

  1. The Idiom, the History and Government words, and some of the Pop Culture words, are from lists in the Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. I wrote the definitions and examples myself.
  2. The Link was found online; the Slang words, the Irregular Verbs, and some of the Pop Culture words are from my own lists, 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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