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This Week in Words: April 14 - 20, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This was a week of historic firsts. It was revealed that Mike Pompeo, the nominee to be the next Secretary of State, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The meeting has promising ramifications for the proposed historic summit between the United States and North Korea, which is expected to convene this summer. The virtuosos at M.I.T. have developed an adroit apparatus which correlates neuromuscular movement with sound. For the first time, human thoughts can be heard by others without actually being spoken aloud. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style
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Barbara Bush (1925 -2018) Tribute List

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died at the age of 92 on April 17, 2018. Barbara Bush has the distinction of having been the only woman since Abigail Adams to be both the wife of a U.S. President (George H.W. Bush) and the mother of a U.S. President (George W. Bush). Mrs. Bush championed literacy before and during her White House tenure and was also a fundraiser for charitable causes her entire life. Mrs. Bush was known for her clever quips to the press which were at odds with her rather reserved appearance and demeanor. Here are ten vocabulary words drawn from quotes by Barbara Bush.
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This Week in Words: April 7- 13, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week people had to choose whether to fight on or surrender. The former President of Brazil, wanted on corruption charges, was running a dicey re-election campaign but decided to turn himself in to authorities. In order to quell the continued animosity aimed towards his company, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg submitted to questioning by a testy Congress this week. Besieged Representative Paul Ryan has decided that rather than face the ignominious prospect of perhaps losing a campaign in November, he will not seek re-election. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: April 1 - 6, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week proved that Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction) applies to everyday life. China slapped tariffs on U.S. pork, fruit and other exports to retaliate against tariffs the U.S. recently imposed on Chinese goods. Experts fear this could expedite a trade war between the two countries. In what some see as a reaction to the unfavorable opinions held by many judges on Trump's immigration policy, the Justice Department set new quotas for immigration judges to meet. Are these unprecedented quotas a sign that the administration holds a grudge, or just a natural response as dictated by Newton's law? Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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The Week in Words: March 24 - 30, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This was a week where various parties showed that they were angry and fed up. The students and supporters who participated in the March for Our Lives view Congress' inability to pass gun control legislation as a breach in the government's responsibility to protect its citizens. The Trump administration rebuked Russia for a nerve gas attack by expelling diplomats. Even the residents of Eastern Pennsylvania have indicated that they are fed with a famous rodent. A warrant was issued for the apprehension of a groundhog who made a promise he couldn't keep. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: March 17- 23, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week's news is all about matters of perspective. Is Vladimir Putin's victory in the Russian election a testament to his prowess as a candidate, or a symptom of the demise of democracy in that country? Closer to home, was F.B.I. second-in-command Andrew McCabe unjustly besieged by President Trump, or is that just a partisan excuse made up by someone who deserved to be fired? Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: March 10 - 16, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This was a week of upheaval. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired on the eve of diplomatic negotiations with North Korea, possibly imperiling those talks. The president's personal assistant was also let go, as the cadre of Trump's trusted advisors gets smaller and smaller. There was more chaos in Syria, as the citizens there brace for even more fighting and reconciliation in their civil war seems unlikely. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: March 3 – 9, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week was all about cooperating and not cooperating. After tumultuous negotiations, Angela Merkel built enough of a coalition in Germany to secure another term as Chancellor. Cooperation eludes politicians in Italy, where there will be much wrangling before an agreement is reached on the new government. Finally, President Trump's insistence on his tariff plan means that top economic advisor Gary Cohn will not cooperate within the White House anymore; the issue was the catalyst for Cohn's resignation this week. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: Feb. 25 - Mar. 2, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week was a week when the consequences of previous actions and events reverberated. Satisfied with Xi Jinping at the helm, China has taken steps to abolish presidential term limits so that he may remain in power indefinitely. John Kelly was charged with putting the White House in order when he took over as Chief of Staff, and this week he curtailed Jared Kushner's access to top secret information. The protests that followed the tragedy in Parkland, Florida are having an effect. Dick's Sporting Goods has announced that it will no longer sell assault rifles. And after being Inundated with demands to end gun violence, several states are also exploring so-called "red flag" laws. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: February 19 - 23, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week was one of progress. Investigators looking into Russian interference in the '16 Presidential election indicted Russian entities accused of sowing discord in the American political system. Progress was made on scientific fronts as well. Apilot program designed to harness the energy of passing trains is underway, and a treatment to desensitize peanut allergy sufferers appears to offer real hope. And finally, progress was made in your cereal bowl. Lucky Charms announced that it will add a magical unicorn to its marshmallow lineup. We live in miraculous times. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: February 12 - 16, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week was one where you could sense the beginning of things we will be talking about for a long time. After much deliberation, the president released his budget and infrastructure plans, but opponents are leery of both proposals. Snowboarder Chloe Kim took home her first Olympic Gold in what will likely be a long career full of watershed moments for her and her sport. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: January 27 - February 2, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week showed that the time has passed for some old things, while some other old things endure. The provocative and polarizing Chief Wahoo, which has been the Cleveland Indian's mascot since 1947, will be retired in 2019. On the other hand, old man (in professional tennis terms, anyway) Roger Federer displayed his baffling durability by winning the Australian Open, his record 20th Grand Slam title. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: January 20 - 26, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week was a week with events that set up future, bigger events. The impasse that led to the government shutdown has been resolved, but only temporarily, as another deadline for action looms in February. The titanic ruckus that is The Super Bowl and (the hype surrounding it) is all set, but the game itself isn't until February 4th. The Oscar nominations were announced, potentially placing us all in a surreal vortex of glamorous outfits on even more glamorous movie stars, but we'll have to wait for the ceremony on March 4th. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: January 13 - 19, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week showed us that even things that seem to last forever must come to an end. North and South Korea brokered a deal to co-exist for the Olympic Games. The truce ends, at least for now, decades of incendiary rhetoric. Kazakhstan has embraced the Latin alphabet, undermining years of Russian cultural hegemony in that nation. The Nestle corporation has sold off most of its chocolate and candy business, ending its association with with the delicious confections that pleased the child in us all. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: January 6 - 12, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week saw several instances of people trying to right past wrongs. Steve Bannon showed repentance for his comments about the Trump children, and Iceland is trying to make up for years of gender inequality by instituting parity in pay. There has been a lot of bad blood between North and South Korea but recent talks appear to have resulted in nascent diplomacy. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: December 30, 2017 - January 5, 2018

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This first week of the New Year was filled new beginnings. Orrin Hatch, longtime senator from Utah, announced his retirement and drew the ire of the President. The recent protests in Iran suggest that the Iranian people will rebuff authoritarian rule, and new overtures by Kim Jong-Un may thaw chilly relations between North and South Korea. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words : December 23 - 29, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This holiday week was a time for modern miracles. Inspired by Star Wars, scientists have developed an ultrasonic hand with the dexterity to perform complicated tasks like playing the piano. Researchers who study Parkinson's Disease have discovered that they can correct the gaits of patients and avert serious falls by simply projecting a laser point from the patient's shoe. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: December 16 - 22, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. This week showed us how little things can turn into big things. A power outage at the Atlanta airport is still having a cascading effect on holiday air travel. A nominee for federal judge whose embarrassing performance in front of Congress a few years ago was all but forgotten is now the subject of national ridicule. A nine-year old boy's selfless act caught the attention of a major tech corporation, which gave the boy what he wanted for Christmas. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: November 26 - December 1, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. We saw new life stirring in places that were previously stagnant. There were two billion-dollar corporate sales — one hopes to provide an infusion of fresh energy into the dying magazine industry, and the other seeks to overhaul a restaurant chain. A series of deals led to the end of Republican procrastination on their previously stalled tax bill, and an ingenious Canadian boy hopes the dictionary will be expeditious in adopting a word he coined. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: November 11 - 17, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Some weeks are the calm before the storm, and some weeks are the storm itself. In terms of both events and the vocabulary used to describe them, this was a stormy week. The earth itself was volatile, with a 7.3 earthquake occurring the Iran-Iraq border. In a storm of words, President Trump franticallyassailed critics and was adamant in his insistence that the Republican Tax Plan include a repeal of the Obamacare insurance mandate. And, on a lighter note, Taylor Swift's latest release stormed the pop charts like a force of nature. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: November 4 - 10, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Tragedy struck a Texas town this week when 26 people were massacred at their church by a lone gunman. Internationally, the hostility between Saudi Arabia and Iran increased. There was a leak from an overseas law firm which detailed how the mega-rich avoid U.S. taxes, tactics which demand further scrutiny. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: October 28 - November 3, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. The various events of this week are a study in the contrast of fast and slow. The lives of eight people were taken in an instant in a heinous terrorist attack in New York City. After several slow months of investigation and rumor, the first indictments were handed down surrounding Russian interference in the presidential election. Faster than you can say “Twitter," the president was asserting in robust language that there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia to rig the election. Recovery from catastrophes like the recent hurricanes is usually incremental, but apparently with enough solar panels, an electrical grid can be restored rather quickly. Deciding on the exact nature of the exemptions allowed in the new tax plan is going to take Congress a very long time, but a Mississippi school board rapidly reversed its decision to ban To...
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This Week in Words: October 22 - 27, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Some weeks can seem pretty dismal, not for what did happen, but for what might happen soon, as tension escalates. The Catalonia separatist movement appears vulnerable in the face of Spanish military might. It looks like nothing will mitigate the increasingly barbed back-and-forth between Senator Corker and President Trump, and the culmination of Senator Jeff Flake's career in the Senate involves flagrant name-calling with the president. But the story of an eleven year-old girl who invented a contraption that will help ensure the safety of our drinking water makes the world look a little brighter. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: October 1 - 6, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Tragedy topped the headlines this week, with the mass shooting in Las Vegas leaving the nation in a state of shock and grief. At horrible times like these, especially after watching a barrage of images on the news, people look for solace wherever they can find it. Some turned to an enigmatic internet distraction named Ramona, while others reveled in the music of Tom Petty, who died this week. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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Tom Petty (1950-2017) Tribute List

Rocker Tom Petty died on October 2, 2017 at the age of 66. With his band The Heartbreakers, Petty found success with a sound that was at once both modern and classic. Songs like "Refugee" and "Free Fallin'" are among his many unforgettable hits. Petty’s career spanned five decades, and he continued to find ways to put a new spin on the tried-and-true rock and roll formula of straightforward lyrics and great guitar riffs. Petty was also a member of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys, along with Roy Orbison, George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Jeff Lynne. Here are ten vocabulary words drawn from the lyrics of Tom Petty.
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