Saturday, August 16, 2014

Vocab Words For The Week's News

Yeah, I'm going through the teachable moment phase of the year. It should end by Wednesday or Thursday.

assiduous (adjective): showing great care, attention, and effort
dither (verb): be indecisive

Had Chad Haber been assiduous about changing his voter registration from Republican to Libertarian, it's likely Secretary of State Gant and Attorney General Jackley would not be dithering about whether Haber should be allowed to be on the general election ballot.

rack (verb): to cause physical or mental pain
ambivalence (noun): the state of having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.

I was racked with ambivalence as I read about looters and the militarized police force in Ferguson, Missouri.

blasé (adjective) unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before

I am blasé about annual celebratory parades and politicians like Rick Perry being indicted for allegedly using their office to settle a personal grudge. Neither the parade nor the indictment will produce a long term result.

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