of a stern or strict bearing or demeanor
Alien enthusiasts took to Facebook to encourage people to “storm” Area 51, a secretive US military base in the Nevada desert. They wanted to find out if the government was hiding extraterrestrial beings. Area 51 is in the middle of an
austere, as in “severely simple” desert. There is nothing else around. The Area 51 event happened, but instead of storming, young people in alien costumes mostly just made videos to post online.
act of pushing a dangerous situation to the edge of disaster
What seems clear is that this remains a game of
, with all sides still hoping to be able to pull back from a direct military confrontation.
— BBC News (Sep 21, 2019)
Two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia were recently attacked by drones. Saudi Arabia and the United States blame Iran, but Iran denies it and Yemen Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility. After the US announced that it’s sending troops to Saudi Arabia, Iran warned it would “destroy aggressors.” The countries involved are playing a game of
brinkmanship, which means they’re all pushing each other to the brink, or edge, of war.
piece of furniture that stands at the side of a dining room
by questions about his conduct on a day of international diplomacy at the United Nations, denied accusations that he had withheld $391 million in security aid from Ukraine in an attempt to press President Volodymyr Zelensky to do his bidding.
— The Washington Times (Sep 22, 2019)
As the 2020 presidential campaigns heat up, President Trump is being questioned about his attempt to get the Ukrainian president to dig up dirt on Joe Biden’s family. It has come to light that Trump ordered the US to stop providing aid to the Ukraine in the months leading up to his conversation with President Zelensky. In this case,
buffet means to hit, so Trump was bombarded with questions, not enjoying an all-you-can-eat buffet.
the accent in a metrical foot of verse
The short-video platform TikTok is having its moment. The latest social media app isn’t pretending to be good for you; it’s addictive interactive candy run by a Chinese company that specializes in artificial intelligence. On TikTok, people watch a 6-second video, then they can easily post their own video to the same soundtrack. Videos play one after the other, based on algorithms of what the user wants to see. The
cadences, or rhythms, of the songs on TikTok are super catchy.
pass on or delegate to another
Unrest continues in Hong Kong as protestors urge the government to give in to their demands. The protestors have created “Lennon Walls,” which are public walls covered in pro-democracy murals. Beijing supporters have taken many of these murals down, but the protesters say they will just put them back up. The latest protest
devolved, or got worse, as the demonstration turned into a confrontation between protesters and police, again.
express strong disapproval of
Greta Thunberg has
world leaders for their “betrayal” of young people through their inertia over the climate crisis at a United Nations summit that failed to deliver ambitious new commitments to address dangerous global heating.
— The Guardian (Sep 23, 2019)
After millions of school children around the world participated in a climate strike to urge world leaders to make changes to curb global warming, a United Nations summit failed to deliver. Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish girl, has led the call for activism. Before the United Nations assembly, Thunberg really let the world leaders have it. In her strongest speech to date, she
excoriated, or condemned, the leaders for their lack of action to cut planet-warming gasses.
of or relating to a coastal or shore region
Hassan Rouhani, before traveling to attend the U.N. meetings, said Monday that Iran will invite “all littoral states of the Persian Gulf” to join its coalition “to guarantee the region’s security.”
— The Washington Times (Sep 23, 2019)">
Tensions between the US and Iran are ramping up after an attack in Saudi Arabia. The US, Britain, France, Germany, and Saudi Arabia blame Iran for the attack, which Iran denies. The US has already pulled out of a nuclear deal with Iran, and has added sanctions that hurt the Iranian economy. The US is sending troops to Saudi Arabia, and in response, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has said he’ll invite all the
littoral states, all the states on the coast, to join his coalition.
of or pertaining to sheep
Hawaii became the first US state to mandate a total transition to renewable energy. As the world continues to warm and policy makers look for solutions, eyes are on Hawaii to see how the transition from conventional energy to mostly solar and wind power goes. Sheep are helping with solar energy projects by eating the grass around the solar panels. You could describe anything sheep-like as
ovine, but the ovine foot soldiers in this story are actual sheep.
paraphernalia indicative of royalty or other high office
Powwows are important social events for many tribes, featuring traditional dance, songs, food,
and other customs, and Sunday’s was held at the tribe’s headquarters in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains.
— The Washington Times (Sep 22, 2019)
Democratic presidential candidate hopeful Bernie Sanders campaigned at the Comanche Nation Powwow in Oklahoma on Sunday. The Comanche Nation is a Plains Indian tribe with about 17,000 members, and its headquarters are in Oklahoma. It’s not the largest Native American Nation, but it’s a well-known one. Powwows are a big deal. The
regalia at a powwow might include feathered headdresses and brightly colored, ornately decorated clothes and jewelry.
unwillingness to tell lies
News events keep the trending list of top 50 rumours current with a question over the
of images emerging as a result of Hurricane Dorian popping up.
— BBC News (Sep 21, 2019)
The website Snopes has been debunking junk news for 25 years. It started as a place to find out which urban legends were true, but now it gets to the bottom of fake news and internet rumors of all kinds. For example, Snopes proved that a photo that was supposed to be of the Hurricane Dorian-damaged Abaco Islands in the Bahamas in 2019 was actually a photo from a storm-ravaged Florida coast from 2018. Snopes is all about
veracity, or truth.