Merriam-Webster online dictionary offers you 10 new vocabulary words.
These are words you should know how to use and recognize. They are all nouns.
- paradigm – an operating model or framework; a mental model of how something works.
- paradox – a seemingly contradictory statement or theory.
- nuance – a subtle or barely noticeable difference; an almost imperceptible difference.
- dilettante – a dabbler; a person who explores different hobbies or areas of knowledge only shallowly or superficially.
- serendipity – a lucky or fortuitously find that happens while you are actually looking for something else; a lucky find.
- euphemism – a socially acceptable or polite term for something unpleasant, distasteful, or vulgar.
- dichotomy – a split or separation from one path into two paths; a division of something into two mutually exclusive parts.
- non sequitur – a statement that illogically follows another statement; something that is totally unrelated to what was just said.
- epiphany – a sudden awareness of some life-changing or eye-opening revelation; an “aha” moment.
- conundrum – a mystery, puzzle, riddle, or quandary; a difficult position with no easy or obvious solution.
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:
- I asked him about his mom, but he answered me by talking about his dog. What a(n) _____!
- He’s a(n) _____. He knows a little bit about many things but not much about anything.
- They reached a(n) _____ in their marriage and decided to get divorced.
- _____! I was looking for my lost car keys and I found a $20 bill under the seat cushion on the couch. Cool!
- I can’t get a job without experience, and I can’t get experience without a job. It’s “Catch-22”. What a(n) _____!
- “Shy” and “withdrawn” may seem to be identical in meaning but there is a slight _____ between their meanings.
- We are in a(n) _____. We don’t know how to proceed.
- The little boy told his mom he had to “do #1”. This is a(n) _____ for going to the potty to pee.
- In the good old days, we had old landline telephones and TVs with antennas on top. Today, with the invention of cell phones, cable TV, and the Internet, my whole _____ of how technology works has been altered forever.
- When the 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy stood together naked for the first time in their lives, they had a(n) _____ about how boys and girls were different.