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CollectionRipped from the Headlines: May 2021Our Weekly Roundups of Current Events Vocabulary
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  • 15 WordsMay Vocabulary Words
  • 20 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for May 1–May 7, 2021
CollectionRipped from the Headlines: April 2021Our Weekly Roundups of Current Events Vocabulary
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  • 12 WordsApril Vocabulary Words
  • 16 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for March 27–April 2, 2021
  • 19 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for April 3–April 9, 2021
  • 16 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for April 10–April 16, 2021
  • 20 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for April 17–April 23, 2021
  • 15 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for April 24–April 30, 2021
CollectionRipped from the Headlines: March 2021Our Weekly Roundups of Current Events Vocabulary
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  • 15 WordsMarch Vocabulary Words
  • 18 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for February 27–March 5, 2021
  • 20 WordsThis Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for March 6–12, 2021
  • 15 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for March 13–March 19, 2021
  • 16 WordsThis Week in Words: Current Events Vocab for March 20–March 26, 2021

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This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for December 26, 2020—January 1, 2021

Stories about the Nashville bombing, Brexit becoming reality, and the discovery of a 2,000-year-old snack bar all contributed words to this list of vocabulary from the week's news.
20 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for December 19–25, 2020

Stories about astronomical events, a major hack attack, and one of soccer's biggest records falling all contributed words to this list of vocabulary from the week's news.
18 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for December 12–18, 2020

Stories about good and bad pandemic news, a couple of big spending bills in Congress, and the search for a new name for Cleveland's baseball club all contributed words to this list of vocabulary from the week's top news.
18 Words

This Week In Words: November 28–December 4, 2020

Stories about a more normal 2021, the discovery of "a prehistoric Sistine Chapel," and exciting news for Nintendo fans all contributed words to this week's roundup of vocabulary from the top news.
20 Words

This Week In Words: November 21–27, 2020

A special Thanksgiving week edition comes to your table stuffed with words for cooking, eating, shopping, and more. Dig in to this list of timely vocabulary!
15 Words

This Week In Words: November 14–20, 2020

Bad news about the virus, good news about vaccines, a brilliant meteor shower, and a car made of garbage. These subjects and more contributed words to this week's roundup of current events vocabulary.
20 Words

Alex Trebek (1940–2020) Tribute List

Alex Trebek, who hosted the hit TV quiz show Jeopardy! from 1984 until this year, died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 80. Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, he began working in broadcasting while still in college at the University of Ottowa, reading the news and hosting a quiz show. He hosted a few other game shows before beginning the 36-year run that made him one of the most popular figures on television. Trebek won many awards, and set a world record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same person: 6,829. This vocabulary list includes words from interviews with Trebek and from his autobiography The Answer Is... Reflections on My Life.
13 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for October 31–November 6, 2020

Stories about the election, another tropical storm, and a big win for Uber contributed word to this week's list of timely vocabulary from the week's top news stories.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: Current Events Vocab for October 31–November 6, 2020

Stories about a struggle over soup, ancient female hunters, and a whale's weight training all contributed words to this week's roundup of vocabulary from the tech, entertainment, and culture worlds.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: Current Events Vocab for October 24–30, 2020

Stories about water on the moon, a massive underwater mystery, and the pandemic crashing the World Series victory all contributed words to this week's list of timely vocabulary from the tech, culture, and sports worlds.
10 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for October 24–30, 2020

Stories about the worsening pandemic, the closing days of the Presidential campaign, and big tech under scrutiny all contributed words to this week's list of vocabulary from the week's news.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: October 17–23, 2020

Quibi folds, Bennu coughs up some dust, and the Flaming Lips take "Covid bubble" to a new level: these stories and more contributed words to this week's list from the culture, tech, and sports worlds.
10 Words

This Week In Words: October 17–23, 2020

Stories about the Pope, President Obama, and Google all contributed words to this week's list of timely vocabulary words from the week's news.
10 Words

Words From the Final 2020 Presidential Debate

The final presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Biden took place in Nashville, Tennessee on October 22. The event was moderated by Kristen Welker of NBC News. Here are 20 words from the debate, ten from each candidate.
20 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for October 10–16, 2020

Stories about unrest in former Soviet republics, developments in the legal world, and early voting in a number of states all contributed timely vocabulary to this week's list of words from the news.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: Current Events Vocab for October 10–16, 2020

Stories about a couple of major sports victories, some upcoming TV shows, and bee B.O. all contributed words to this week's like of vocabulary from the sports, science, and culture worlds.
10 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for October 3–9, 2020

Stories about the VP debate, Covid-19 in the White House, and a possible reckoning for big tech all chipped in words to this week's list of timely vocabulary from the week's news.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: Current Events Vocab for October 3–9, 2020

Instagram turns ten, a legend crosses over, and Fat Bear Week crowns another winner — these stories and more contributed some choice vocabulary to this week's list of words from the culture, tech, and sports worlds.
10 Words

Words from the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate

The vice-presidential debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris took place in Salt Lake City, Utah on October 7. The event was moderated by Susan Page from USA Today. Here are 20 words from the debate, ten from each candidate.
20 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for September 26–October 2, 2020

Stories about the presidential debate, a leaky International Space Station, and the raging California wildfires all contributed words to this week's list of vocabulary from the week's top news stories.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: Current Events Vocab for September 26–October 2, 2020

How much does the universe weigh? Could there be aquatic life under the Martian surface? How many baseball games in one day is too many? These and other questions are answered by stories that contributed timely words to this week's list of vocabulary from the tech, sports, and culture worlds.
10 Words

Words from the First 2020 Presidential Debate

The first of three planned presidential debates between President Trump and former Vice President Biden took place in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29. The event was moderated by Chris Wallace of Fox News. Here are 20 words from the debate, ten from each candidate.
20 Words

This Week In Words: Current Events Vocab for September 19–25, 2020

Stories about the Supreme Court vacancy, the upcoming election, and an indictment in the Breonna Taylor case all contributed words to this week's roundup of timely vocabulary from the news.
10 Words

This Week In Culture: Current Events Vocab for September 19–25, 2020

Big news for electric car aficionados, big news for Brazilian board sports fans, and potentially huge news for people hoping that there's life on other planets. These stories and more provided words for this week's list of vocabulary from the tech, sports, and culture worlds.
10 Words

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933–2020) Tribute List

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, died of pancreatic cancer on September 18 at the age of 87. Appointed by President Clinton in 1993, she became well-known as an advocate for women's equality; her dissent in the 2007 Ledbetter case is credited with inspiring the Fair Pay Act of 2009. Hailed as a brilliant legal scholar and an inspiration to millions, she earned the monicker "Notorious RBG." Just prior to her death, she said, "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." This list includes words from her writings, speeches, and Supreme Court decisions.
25 Words

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