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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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Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) Tribute List

Actress and author Carrie Fisher died on December 27 at the age of 60 of a heart attack. Best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Fisher was also an accomplished author, writing novels and memoirs about her struggles with substance abuse and mental illness, and her life growing up as the daughter of Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Here are 11 vocabulary words from the witty and insightful quotes of Carrie Fisher.
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Richard Adams (1920-2016) Tribute List

Author Richard Adams died on December 24, 2016. He was 96 years old. "Watership Down," the tale of rabbits who must find a new home after a prophecy that their old warren will be destroyed, is Adams most famous work, and it has influenced generations of young readers with its lessons about courage and survival. Here are 12 vocabulary words drawn from quotes from "Watership Down" which illustrate Adams's sensitivity and the freedom of his imagination.
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John Glenn (1921-2016) Tribute List

Astronaut and Senator John Glenn died on December 8, 2016 at the age of 95. Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth, in 1962 at a time when the space program was young and feats like that seemed impossible. He returned to space 36 years later aboard the shuttle Discovery. Widely recognized as an American hero for his accomplishments as an astronaut, Glenn later became a senator from Ohio. Here are 10 vocabulary words from quotes by Senator John Glenn.
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Fidel Castro (1926-2016) Memorial List

Here are twelve quotes from Fidel Castro, Cuba's leader for over 50 years, who died on November 25, 2016 at the age of 90. Because Castro led a Communist country, and that country was only ninety miles away from the United States, Castro's Cuba was at one time a dire enemy of the United States, resulting in frightening standoffs like the Cuban Missle Crisis, when both countries were at the brink of nuclear war. In recent years, with the collapse of the global Communist threat, tensions between the U.S. and Cuba have eased, with the ban on travel to and the import of goods from Cuba slowly being lifted.
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Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) Tribute List

Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer-songwriter, died on November 10 at the age of 82. Cohen was known for the poetry of his lyrics and his deep voice that, if not traditionally beautiful or melodic, fit his songs well, whether he was being charming or foretelling doom. Like only a handful of others, but in a way that was completely his own, Cohen opened up the possibilities for the subject matter of popular songs and the perspectives they could take. Here are fifteen vocabulary words from the lyrics of Leonard Cohen.
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Vocabulary from Hillary Clinton's Concession Speech, November 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton, who was defeated in the presidential election by Donald Trump, delivered her concession speech on November 9, 2016. The speech touched on Secretary Clinton's values and the things she has held dear for her thirty years in public life. The speech was also full of gratitude and words of encouragement for those who supported her throughout her campaign and her life. Here are eleven words from Hillary Clinton's concession speech.
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Vocabulary from Donald Trump's Victory Speech, November 9, 2016

Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. He gave a victory speech in the early morning of November 9, 2016. After a bitter and brutal campaign, Trump's speech was clearly intended to demonstrate his softer, more statesman-like side and to assure the American people, and the world, that he is fit for the job. Here are twelve vocabulary words from the President-elect's victory speech.
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Vocabulary from the Third and Final Presidential Debate, October 19, 2016

The third and final presidential debate of this election took place on October 19, 2016 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. Considering the large amount of ill will between the two campaigns, it was actually a pretty substantive debate. The audience got to hear the candidates' opinions on Supreme Court nominees, abortion, and each candidate's plan for economic growth. Here are twenty words from the third presidential debate.
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