• Mai Duc Nguyen

New English Words of the Month – April 2019

1. (v) scrub: to wash or clean something by rubbing it hard, especially with a brush

Example: The students spend an hour every weekend scrubbing all of their study tables.

2. (v) engender: to cause something to appear or happen

Example: The financial crisis engendered a feeling of uncertainty among investors.

3. (adj) iterative: a process that is repeated again and again

Example: In spite of iterative reminders, the student failed to improve his social behaviors.

4. (adj) clumsy: a person that is not considerate, careful or breaks things as he moves

Example: Although the intern was originally a clumsy person, he has been much brisker since he joined our company.

5. (n) altruism: a way of thinking which shows that you care about other people and their interests more than you care about yourself

Example: We were impressed by the prime minister’s altruism, because he prioritized his citizens’ interests over his.

6. (adj) incessant: something annoying that happens for a long time without stopping

Example: In an attempt to induce incessant consumption, chocolate producers calculate the exact combination of fat, sugar and milk that will make you addicted to their products.

7. (v) converge: different things/ people that intersect/meet at the same point, even though they originate from different points

Example: Politicians and business leaders converge this week in Davos to join the World Economic Forum (WEF).

8. (n) heyday: the period of time when a person was most successful or an idea was most popular

Example: The company’s heyday was marked by the rapid growth of smartphones, 3G technologies and online shopping.

9. (adj) crummy: something that is dirty, disorganized and generally not good in quality

Example: The school looks so crummy, because it has been left abandoned for a few years.

10. (n) demise: the death of a person or the time when something stops existing

Example: The demise of the LXU car model was explained by the manufacturer’s failure to generate profit from it.

What new words have you learned in April 2019? Please share them with others by leaving a comment.

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