Words & Phrases
facts and information to refer to or to analyze
We need to collect more data to complete our science experiment.
someone or something that is presented to the public for the first time
That singer made his debut over 10 years ago, and he’s still going strong.
a particular time in your life that is highly significant
The defining moments in my life were when I came to the United States, when I graduated from college, and when I met the love of my life.
when you feel like you’ve experienced something before -- a situation or place
When I turned down that street, I had a déjà vu. It really felt like I had been there before, but I was sure that I hadn’t. It was a strange feeling.
the negative side to our character
Frederick: I’m not proud that I was yelling at my daughter this morning.
Samantha: It’s OK. We all have our demons.
a comment that is disrespectful
Cheryl made a derogatory remark about our college President saying that he wasn’t doing a good job.
a value of nothing
She got diddly-squat in the break-up with her boyfriend of 5 years, even though they had purchased some items together.
a calm way of reacting when someone says something that you don’t agree with
Kent: I think that Susan is stealing money from the petty cash box.
Melanie: Susan is my friend, so I’m not going to dignify that with a response.
being in a difficult situation and not knowing what to do about it
Bruce: I was just offered a great job, but that drastically changes my plans to start college.
Jeffrey: That’s quite a dilemma you’re in. What do you think you're gonna do?
confused and not knowing what to do next
I became discombobulated when our professor decided to change our science project assignment after I had already started it.