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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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This Week in Words: September 25 - October 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. Newton tells us that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. This week was all about dealing with reactions. Reacting to criticism of the travel ban he first proposed in January, President Trump instituted an even more rigorous one. As a reaction to their leader being dubbed "Rocket Man," North Korea escalated its rhetoric. NFL players and owners rebuked the president's characterization of them. Finally, after blistering, unrelenting criticism, Equifax's president retired, and the Guggenheim museum cancelled part of a controversial exhibition. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: September 17 - 24, 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 was a week of bold moves. Whether you agree with him or not, President Trump gave an audacious speech at the U.N. General Assembly, taking the initiative to emphatically point an accusatory finger at countries like North Korea and Iran. Whether his words will exacerbate tensions and further imperil our relationships with these countries remains to be seen. Football player J.J. Watt was also bold in his charity work, obliterating bureaucratic red tape and raising over $37 million dollars for hurricane victims. Less successful, but just as bold, was the release of the audacious film "Mother!" Also exhibiting initiative was the state of Rhode Island, which decided not to wait for Congress to act to save the "Dreamers" and resolved to pay all the registration fees for the affected immigrants out of state funds. Take a look back at the week that...
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This Week in Words: September 10 - 16, 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. Recovery was a big theme this week. After another major hurricane hit the U.S. last week, leaving many with apocalyptic visions, the resurgence of a battered but not defeated people began. Perhaps those affected can draw some inspiration from the incandescent play of two tennis stars who were both counted out for different reasons, but who each managed to vanquish their opponents. After a very bad summer at the movie box office, Hollywood hopes to recover, too, and the juggernaut that is "It" may help in that effort. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: September 4 - 8, 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 was a week of bouncing between extremes. The relaxation of Labor Day was contrasted with the renewed tension brought about by North Korea exhibiting defiance in the face of U.S. and international warnings to cease their nuclear program. The continuing stream of devastating images from a hurricane- ravaged Gulf Coast were balanced somewhat by the pictures of resilience also coming from that region. Finally, popular music is all the more dreary for having lost musician Walter Becker this week, and high art lost one of its geniuses, poet John Ashbery, though we should try to not be too lugubrious about this loss. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: August 28 - September 1

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 we were all affected, either directly or indirectly, by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Torrential rains pounded the Gulf Coast with no reprieve expected until late in the week. With so much rain and so much flooding, the infrastructure of communities begins to erode and life for those in the path of the storm changes forever. Also causing grave concern this week was more provocative action by North Korea. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: August 21 - 25, 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's top news items were in many respects related to the aftermath of last week. Since Charlottesville, the atmosphere around the White House has been fraught with an almost visceral tension, with former allies denouncing the president, and his opponents feeling emboldened. Many people were also still reeling from the atrocity of the terror attack in Barcelona last week. For comfort, we looked to the skies to enjoy the spectacle of a solar eclipse, an rare and captivating sight. We also remembered all the joy that Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory brought into our lives. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: July 31 - August 4, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top ten words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Some weeks are like a revolving door — lots of comings and goings. In a week full of turbulence, both Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci made abrupt exits through the White House door. A sports fan who walked out the door in shame long ago reappeared. And, finally, playwright and actor Sam Shepard and Notre Dame football coach Ara Parseghian made their final exits this week. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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Sam Shepard (1943-2017) Tribute List

Playwright and actor Sam Shepard died on July 27, 2017 of ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 73 years old. Shepard won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. His tales of families coming apart at the seams leapt of the stage with an urgency and electricity rarely seen in the theater before or since. Shepard also found success as an actor in Hollywood, notably in 1984's The Right Stuff, in which he played Chuck Yeager. Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for the role. As is evident in the quotes below, Shepard was interested in authenticity and immediacy, and had a lot of interesting things to say about art and life. Here are eleven vocabulary words from the words and work of Sam Shepard.
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This Week in Words: July 22 - 29, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top ten words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Chapters were opened and closed this week. Jordan Spieth salvaged his British Open performance while the book closed on the often vehement Sean Spicer's tenure as White House press secretary. Authorities opened Salvador Dali's casket and exhumed his body. If Jeffrey Bewkes can close the deal that will make Time Warner property of AT&T, it will be a lucrative end to this chapter in his career. Also, the Senate narrowly defeated the so-called "Skinny Repeal" effort to dismantle Obamacare, closing the latest dramatic chapter on the effort overhaul healthcare. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: July 9 - 15, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top ten words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. The news this week is best compared to a three-ring political circus, or perhaps a zoo. In addition to the media spectacle that was the meeting between President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin and their intractable problems, the alleged Russian election tampering story grew, and now implicates Donald Trump, Jr. in possible collusion with the Russians. There was a widely circulated story about a very old hippopotamus, as well as news that a popular felt frog is getting a new speaking voice. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
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This Week in Words: July 1 - 7, 2017

Too wrapped up in Fourth of July festivities to watch the news? Did you use the newspaper to light a grill instead of reading it? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top ten words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. There were plenty of pyrotechnics — sparks flew between unusual adversaries, with much of the battle taking place in a fusillade of tweets back and forth. Is the matchup of The President vs. Mika Brzezinski spreading too much acrimony? Is the President's attack on CNN something to denounce? The United States and North Korea squared off too, as each accused the other of provocation. Pop culture wasn't immune from tension either. The friction between Jay-Z vs. Kanye West is heating up, and both are far from invincible. Rising above all of these fireworks was Steph Curry, who fulfilled the dreams of anyone who has ever dribbled a basketball by signing a deal with the Warriors worth over $200 million dollars. Take a look back on the week that was, vocabulary-style.
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This Week in Words: June 25 - 30, 2017

No time to scour the headlines or watch the news? No problem! We’ve rounded up the top ten words heard, read, debated, and discussed this week. Washington's wrangling over health care legislation dominated the news cycle, with Republican leadership attempting to cajole intransigent colleagues into supporting the bill. But this week wasn’t all about politics: we were also intrigued by resentful royals, apprehended fugitives, and a 90s hip hop group reminiscing about their past. Take a look back on the week that was, vocabulary-style.
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Adam West (1928-2017) Tribute List

Adam West died on June 9, 2017 at the age of 88. He will forever be associated with his role as Batman in the TV series which aired from 1966-1968. For those who didn't read comics, he was their first exposure the Caped Crusader, and although the series was silly, West always gave the impression he was in on the joke. In recent years West found great success playing himself on Family Guy. Here are eleven vocabulary words taken from quotes from Batman, as well as a few reflections from West himself.
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Chris Cornell (1964 - 2017) Tribute List

Rocker Chris Cornell died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 52. Cornell was the lead singer and lyricist of Soundgarden, a band that achieved mainstream success in the 1990s on the backs of their hard rocking sound and the disturbing video for their biggest hit, "Black Hole Sun," off of their album "Superunknown." Prior to Soundgarden, Cornell also sang for Temple of the Dog along with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, and after Soundgarden, Cornell fronted the supergroup Audioslave. For his fans,Cornell's stage presence transcended pop culture fads and MTV airplay, and his lyrics were brimming with a pain his soulful voice seemed specifically designed to express.
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Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933-2017) Tribute List

Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko died on April 1, 2017 at the age of 83. Yevtushenko was a very important poet in Russia in the period after the death of Stalin, writing about anti-Semitism and injustice at time when it was still dangerous to do so. Yevtushenko was immensely popular, even giving poetry readings in sports stadiums on occasion to crowds hanging on his every word. Yevtushenko's keen eye for detail and sense of humor enliven his work on all kinds of subjects, not just the political poems. Here are 10 vocabulary words from the work and wisdom of Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
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Jimmy Breslin (1929-2017) Tribute List

Newspaper Columnist Jimmy Breslin died on March 19, 2017 at the age of 88. Jimmy Breslin was the last of New York's powerful newspaper columnists, a heavy drinking, cigar-chomping writer who championed the little guy and took down the corrupt who were in power. Breslin was so well known that in 1977, the Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz, sent taunting notes to him, knowing that all would be made aware of Berkowitz's spree because everyone read Breslin's column. As the quotes below show, Breslin's voice was uniquely colorful. Here are eleven vocabulary words from quotes from Jimmy Breslin.
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Chuck Berry (1926-2017) Tribute List

Musician Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017 at the age of 90. If anyone can legitimately lay claim to inventing rock n' roll music, it might be Chuck Berry. His amazing blues-inflected guitar work, catchy melodies and humorous lyrics inspired countless musicians after him. Here are ten vocabulary words from the lyrics of Chuck Berry.
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Mary Tyler Moore (1936-2017) Tribute List

Actress, comedian and advocate Mary Tyler Moore died at the age of 80 on January 25, 2017. Moore starred in two ground-breaking television series, The Dick Van Dyke show and The Mary Tyler Moore show. The latter was the first popular television show which revolved around a single career woman. Moore's self-titled show wasn't primarily an issue-oriented program, however; it was concerned with being laugh-out-loud funny. The episode where Mary gets the giggles at the funeral of Chuckles the Clown is a classic. Moore was a Tony and Emmy Award winner, and she was nominated for an Oscar for "Ordinary People." She became a spokeswoman for diabetes research when she was diagnosed with the disease. Here are 10 quotes from Mary Tyler Moore.
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Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) Tribute List

Just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds died of a stroke at the age of 84 on December 28, 2016. Reynolds will be remembered for her role in one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, "Singin' in the Rain," and her Oscar-nominated performance in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." She was also the voice of the title spider in the animated musical "Charlotte's Web," which was full of its own vocabulary lessons. Here are twelve vocabulary words from quotes by Debbie Reynolds both in and out of character.
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