These vocabulary words were used in a TED Talks Google Hangout session.
- affluent (adj) – wealthy
- diligent (adj) – hard-working; attentive to detail
- eternity (noun) – for all time; forever; a seemingly endless period of time
- escalation (noun) – raising something to a higher level of action or attention; an increase
- infuriating (adj) – causing intense anger (fury)
- liberation (noun) – freedom; releasing someone from slavery or imprisonment
- misery (noun) – extreme suffering
- mutilate (verb) – to cut, shred, deface, destroy by shredding or slicing
- paralysis (noun) – inability to move or act; a motionless condition
- preoccupied (adj) – busy or inattentive with other thoughts; thinking about something else other than the topic being discussed
Self-Assessment (What Did You Learn?)
a(n) = a/an (to prevent giving you a hint about the answer)
Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from the list above:
- When the teacher asked a student a question in class, the student was paralyzed with shock and surprise. He was apparently _____ with other thoughts.
- In World War II, when American troops marched through the streets, the local populations began celebrating the _____ of Europe from the Nazi Germany armies.
- The Americans have a saying: “_____ loves company”. This means that a person who is suffering feels much better in if the people around him are also suffering.
- _____ people have a lot of money and rarely want for anything.
- A(n) _____ worker is one who works hard and takes pride in his work.
- A(n) _____ occurs when an issue must be transferred from a lower level person to a higher level person for more attention.
- Christians believe that bad people will go to Hell and suffer for all _____., which is a very long time.
- Calling a technical support Help Desk sometimes results in a(n) _____ delay before you are able to talk to a human.
- Some protestors went on strike and _____ an effigy (dummy) of the company’s CEO. (sliced or shredded)
- If one has too many choices to choose from, one may go into a state of _____ (unable to move) agonizing (worrying) over which one to choose. We sometimes sarcastically say, “Decisions, decisions, decisions…” when placed in this situation.