Word Lists

FEATURED WORD
20 -- 20/20 hindsight
having a better understanding of the way something should have been done after it has already occurred
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data

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facts and information to refer to or to analyze

We need to collect more data to complete our science experiment.

debut

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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.

defining moment

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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.

déjà vu

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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.

demon

Word List: Higher A-D

the negative side to our character

Conversation:

Frederick:  I’m not proud that I was yelling at my daughter this morning.  

Samantha:  It’s OK.  We all have our demons.  

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derogatory

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a comment that is disrespectful

Cheryl made a derogatory remark about our college President saying that he wasn’t doing a good job.

diddly-squat/squat

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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.

dignify

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a calm way of reacting when someone says something that you don’t agree with

Conversation:

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.

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dilemma

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being in a difficult situation and not knowing what to do about it

Conversation:

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?

discombobulated

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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.