Ten Words from The New York Times - May 22, 2013 10 words

  1. stringent
    demanding strict attention to rules and procedures
    Under the measure, more stringent restrictions would apply to the companies with a foreign labor force, like many Indian outsourcing companies, raising incentives to hire more Americans.
  2. ordinance
    a statute enacted by a city government
    But no local ordinance or building code requires such shelters, either in houses, schools or businesses, and only about 10 percent of homes in Moore have them.
  3. onslaught
    a sudden and severe onset of trouble
    Nor does the rest of Oklahoma, one of the states in the storm belt called Tornado Alley, require them — despite the annual onslaught of deadly and destructive twisters like the one on Monday, which killed at least 24 people, injured hundreds and eliminated entire neighborhoods.
  4. raze
    tear down so as to make flat with the ground
    In 2011, a monster tornado razed large parts of Joplin, killing 160 people in a state that had no storm-shelter requirements.
  5. prohibitive
    tending to discourage (especially of prices)
    The city considered requiring shelters in rebuilt or new homes but decided that doing so would be “cost prohibitive” because the soil conditions make building basements expensive, said the assistant city manager, Sam Anselm.
  6. brace
    a support that steadies or strengthens something else
    Mayor Glenn Lewis of Moore said that since then, the town had strengthened building codes, including a requirement that new homes incorporate hurricane braces.
  7. temerity
    fearless daring
    Beyond expense and construction standards, there is a local attitude about tornadoes that borders on temerity.
  8. contentious
    involving or likely to cause controversy
    But lost in the contentious debate over the legality, morality and effectiveness of a novel weapon is the fact that the number of strikes has actually been in decline.
  9. propaganda
    information that is spread for the purpose of promoting some cause
    The strikes have become a staple of Qaeda propaganda, cited to support the notion that the United States is at war with Islam.
  10. hiatus
    an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    A recent hiatus in strikes in Pakistan may have been prompted by the desire not to fuel anti-American sentiments during the campaign before the May 11 general elections.