Ten Words from Today's NY Times - Jan. 9, 2013 10 words

  1. surreal
    resembling a dream
    The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.
  2. contiguous
    having a common boundary or edge; abutting; touching
    The numbers are in: 2012, the year of a surreal March heat wave, a severe drought in the Corn Belt and a huge storm that caused broad devastation in the Middle Atlantic States, turns out to have been the hottest year ever recorded in the contiguous United States.
  3. variability
    the quality of being subject to variation
    Scientists said that natural variability almost certainly played a role in last year’s extreme heat and drought.
  4. predecessor
    one who precedes you in time (as in holding a position or office)
    Most important to Mr. Obama and his national security adviser, Tom Donilon, all three are likely to accommodate themselves, in ways their predecessors often did not, to a White House that has insisted on running national security policy from the West Wing.
  5. successor
    a person who follows next in order
    While both Mr. Gates and his successor, Leon E. Panetta, expressed similar concerns at various points in the first term, Mr. Hagel’s view is considerably to the left of Mr. Obama’s.
  6. unilateral
    involving only one part or side
    But Mr. Hagel has opposed unilateral sanctions and suggested that threatening Iran just closes down opportunities for dialogue.
  7. specter
    a mental representation of some haunting experience
    It is where the specter of the Iraq war, and Vietnam before it, most haunts the discussion.
  8. incite
    provoke or stir up
    Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, will outline his proposal in his State of the State address, but even before he speaks, he has incited anxiety among gun owners by acknowledging in a radio interview that “confiscation could be an option” for assault weapons owned by New Yorkers.
  9. capacity
    capability to perform or produce
    According to people briefed on the talks, the governor is considering not only rewriting the state’s assault weapons ban, but also proposing more expansive use of mental health records in background checks of gun buyers, lower limits on the capacity of magazines sold legally in New York and a new requirement that gun permits be subject to periodic recertification.
  10. grapple
    come to terms with
    New York already has some of the toughest gun laws in the country, and the debate over new restrictions here reflects a significant change in the national conversation over guns, as states and the federal government grapple with whether and how to limit the possession of weapons that have been used in multiple mass killings in recent years.