30 English words of the day: 01.25.16

  1. Brag – to ​speak too ​proudly about what you have done or what you own:
    If there is anything is this book that sounds as though I’m bragging about myself, I didn’t intent it that way.
    She’s always bragging about how much ​money she ​earns.
    [+ that] They bragged that ​their ​team had never been ​beaten.

  1. Stumble[I usually + adv/prep] to ​walk in a way that does not ​seem​ controlled:
    I saw Frank Better make hist first stumbling talk in public, and I have seen him delight and inspire large audiences all the way from Portland to Miami.
    We could ​hear her stumbling about/around the ​bedroom in the ​dark.
    He ​pulled on his ​clothes and stumbled into the ​kitchen.
  2. Consecutive – Consecutive ​events, ​numbers, etc. ​follow one after another without an ​interruption:
    We talked to the same audience four hours a night for five consecutive nights.
    This is the fifth consecutive ​weekend that I’ve ​spent ​working.
  3. Plead – to make an ​urgent, ​emotional ​statement or ​request for something:
    But Dale spent one whole afternoon with, pleading with me to tell my own story, just as I had from the lecture.
    He was on his ​knees, pleading for ​mercy/​forgiveness.
    She ​appeared on ​television to plead with the kidnappers.
    [+ speech] “Give us more ​time,” they pleaded.
  4. Blunder – a ​serious ​mistake, usually ​caused by not taking ​care or ​thinking:
    In these pages, I have tried to tell the story of my stupid blunders and mistakes, and precisely what I did that lifted me out of the ranks of failure and despair.
    He said that the ​tax was a ​major ​political blunder.
    made a blunder by getting his ​name ​wrong.
  5. Jackrabbit – a ​type of ​large ​North American ​rabbit
    I didn’t know any more about selling than a jackrabbit.
  6. Privilige – an ​opportunity to do something ​special or ​enjoyable:
    In fact, I wouldn’t have the rare privilege of writing this book if I hadn’t asked him that question.
    I had the privilege of ​interviewing Picasso in the 1960s.It was a ​real privilege to ​meet her.
  7. Veteran – a ​person who has had a lot of ​experience of a ​particular​activity:
    “You drag yourself around the field like a veteran who has been playing ball for twenty years,” he told me.
    a 20-year veteran of the New York Police Department
  8. Induce – [T + obj + to infinitive ] to ​persuade someone to do something:
    A week later, Danny induced New Haven, Connecticut, to give me a trial.
    They induced her to take the ​job by ​promising ​editorial ​freedom.Nothing could induce me (= I ​definitely cannot be ​persuaded) to ​climb a ​mountain/​ride a ​bike.
  9. Stupendous –  very ​surprising, usually in a ​pleasing way, ​especially by being ​large in ​amount or ​size:
    I got this stupendous increase in salary, but not because I could throw a ball better – or catch or etc.
    He ​ran up stupendous ​debts through his ​extravagant ​lifestyle.
    Stupendous ​news! We’ve ​won £500,000!
  10. Dismal – ​sad and without ​hope:
    After two dismal years of collecting installments, I decided to try selling insurance with the Fidelity Mutual Life Insurance Company.
    The ​acting was dismal, wasn’t it?
    What dismal ​weather!
  11. Disheartening – causing a ​person to ​lose ​confidence, ​hope, and ​energy; ​discouraging:
    The next ten months were the longest and most disheartening months of my life.
    The new ​injury, after he had come back from the last, was disheartening.
  12. Stirring – A stirring ​speech or ​song is one that ​produces ​strong, ​positive​ emotions.
    Dale Carneige than gave our class a stirring talk on the power of enthusiasm.
  13. Pound – to ​hit ​repeatedly with ​force, or to ​crush by ​hitting ​repeatedly:
    As I pounded my fist with excitement, I expected every minute to have the man stop me and ask if there was anything wrong with me, but he didn’t.
    The ​speaker pounded his ​fists on the ​table.
    Waves were pounding at the ​rocks.
  14. Clench -to ​close or ​hold something very ​tightly, often in a ​determined or ​angry way:
    The ​old man clenched his ​fist and ​waved it ​angrily at us.
    With a ​knife clenched in/between his ​teeth, he ​climbed up the ​treeto ​cut some ​coconuts.
    “Get out of here,” she said through clenched ​teeth.
  15. Erect – in a ​straight ​vertical ​position, or ​standing up or out from a ​surface or ​body:
    At one stage of the interview, I noticed he raised himself to a more erect position and opened his eyes wider …
    erect ​posture
  16. Overwhelmingly – ​strongly or ​completely; in an ​overwhelming way:
    I would not want to give anybody the impression that I think enthusiasm consists of fist-pounding is what you need to arouse yourself inside, then I am overwhelmingly for it.
    The ​team were overwhelmingly ​defeated in yesterday’s ​game.
  17. Dynamo – an ​energetic ​force:
    He became a human dynamo.
    Onstage she is a ​human dynamo, ​spending the ​hour in ​perpetual​motion.
  18. Astound – to ​surprise or ​shock someone very much:
    Looking back across the years, I am astounded how trivialities have changed the entire course of my life.
    The ​news astounded me.
    I was astounded at the fact that I could keep going for almost half an hour, and I was even more astounded when twenty or thirty men came up afterward, shook my and told me how much they had enjoyed it.
  19. Triviality – something that is not ​important; the ​state of not being ​important:
    I’m a ​busy man – don’t ​bother me with trivialities.
    The ​prison ​sentence ​seemed ​harsh, ​considering the triviality of the ​offence.
  20. Crate – a ​box made of ​wood, ​plastic, or ​metal, ​especially one ​dividedinto ​parts to ​hold ​bottles:
    I wanted a job as a shipping clerk, because as a boy I had worked for the American Radiator Company, hammering nails into crates and stenciling them for shipment.
  21. Stencil – to ​draw or ​paint something using a stencil
  22. Dispair – the ​feeling that there is no ​hope and that you can do nothing to ​improve a ​difficult or ​worrying ​situation:
    I was not only discouraged; I was in the depths of despair.
    They’re in (the ​depths of) despair over/about the ​money they’ve ​lost.
    To her teacher’s despair, Nicole never does the ​work that she’s told to do.
    Their fourth ​year without ​rain ​drove many ​farmers to despair.
  23. Incentive – something that ​encourages a ​person to do something:
    How am I going to make myself see the people? I thought. I certainly have incentive enough.
    Tax incentives have been very ​effective in ​encouraging ​people to ​save and ​invest more of ​their ​income.[+ to infinitive] There is little incentive for ​people to ​leave ​their ​carsat ​home when ​public ​transport ​remains so ​expensive.Bonus ​payments ​provide an incentive to ​work ​harder.
  24. Timidity – ​shy and ​nervous; without much ​confidence; ​easily ​frightened:
    I would have to overcome this timidity and fear of talking to strangers.
    Kieran is a timid ​child.
    My ​dog is a little timid – ​especially around other ​dogs.
  25. Tremble – to ​shake ​slightly, usually because you are ​cold, ​frightened, or very ​emotional:
    Of course, I was trembling – in fact, I was terrified – but somehow I managed to tell them why I was there.
    When he came out of the ​water, he was trembling with ​cold.
    Her ​bottom ​lip trembled, and ​tears ​welled up in her ​eyes.
    His ​voice ​started to tremble, and I ​thought he was going to ​cry.
  26. Triumph – a very ​great ​success, ​achievement, or ​victory (= when you ​wina ​war, ​fight, or ​competition), or a ​feeling of ​great ​satisfaction or ​pleasure ​caused by this:
    That was one of the biggest triumphs in my life.
    The ​book ​celebrates the ​hostages’ ​remarkable triumph over​appalling ​adversity.The ​signing of the ​agreement was a ​personal triumph for the ​prime​minister.It was the ​Republican Party’s third ​election triumph in a ​row.The ​eradication of ​smallpox by ​vaccination was one of medicine’s ​greatest triumphs.The ​constitutional ​changes have been ​hailed as a triumph for​democracy.The ​game ​ended in triumph for the ​home ​team.He ​returned in triumph from the ​sales with a ​half-price TV.
  27. Prominent – very well ​known and ​important:
    To my surprise, J.Borton Weeks, prominent Delaware County attorney who had acted as chairman of the meeting, walked down to the station with me.
    a prominent ​member of the Saudi ​royal ​family
    The ​government should be ​playing a more prominent ​role in ​promoting ​human ​rights.
  28. Necktie – a tie
    Why, I don’t have time to go buy myself a necktie.
  29. Retrace – to go back over something, for ​example a ​path or a ​series of past ​actions:
    You made me retrace my steps all the way from Cincinnati!
    When he ​realized he had ​lost his ​keys, he retraced in his ​mind his ​movements that ​day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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