• Mai Duc Nguyen

New English Words of the Month – August 2020

1. (v) crumple: to crush something or to fall to the ground suddenly

Example: He crumpled last night as a result of a heart attack.

2. (adj) precarious: to be unsafe, unstable or likely to fail

Example: International students face a precarious future after the administration issued a new directive last week.

3. (adj) ingenious: someone who is ingenious is clever and solves problems in novel ways

Example: The ingenious marketing director was promoted after successfully helping the company gain greater market share.

4. (n) countenance: the expression shown on someone’s face

Example: His countenance suddenly changed when his car was stopped by the police.

5. (v) earmark: to allocate something, normally funds or resources, to a particular cause or project

Example: This amount of money from the WHO will be earmarked for COVID-19 vaccine research.

6. (adj) oblivious: to be unaware of something or not know about its existence

Example: The kids appear to be oblivious to the extreme weather outside their house.

7. (adj) flamboyant: dressing or behaving in a manner that intentionally attracts attention

Example: His flamboyant attitudes caused discomfort among the audience.

8. (v) flabbergast: to shock or surprise someone

Example: Filling the kitchen table with candies, the parents flabbergasted their kids.

9. (adj) feisty: to feel energetic and determined to do something

Example: After endless training sessions, the feisty athletes are now ready to join the Olympic Games.

10. (adj) wondrous: to be impressive, exciting or unbelievable

Example: This wondrous phone can withstand a 6-foot drop.

What other new words have you learned this month? Please share with others by commenting below!

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