• Mai Duc Nguyen

New English Words of the Month – November 2020



1. (n) misstep: a mistake or wrong action, often caused by a lack of careful consideration

Example: Missteps in the prosecution process can reduce public trust in the criminal justice system.


2. (v) jeopardize: to put something at the risk of being damaged, hurt or destroyed


Example: Budget cuts jeopardize the quality of our public health system.


3. (v) derail: to prevent something from continuing in the way that it should be


Example: Working extremely long hours can indeed derail your attention and decrease your productivity.


4. (v) assimilate: to digest an idea or piece of information so deeply that it becomes part of your knowledge


Example: These exercises allow you to assimilate key points of the chapters and apply them in your own situation.


5. (n) pitfall: a problem which is expected to have an impact in a particular situation


Example: Micromanaging too much is one of the most common pitfalls among new managers.


6. (v) accelerate: to push something so that it happens at a faster rate


Example: Studying and discussing as a group is an effective way for students to accelerate their learning.


7. (n) diagnosis (in a non-medical context): an analysis of a situation, often including reasons why the situation is happening in that way


Example: After running a diagnosis of the current situation, the new manager concludes that the reason for low customer satisfaction is a lack of training for staff members.


8. (adj) compelling: something which is so attractive or exciting that it can grab people’s attention for a long time


Example: The compelling vision of “Think Different” has allowed Apple to attract so many loyal customers in the last few decades.


9. (n) deference: treating someone with respect and showing a willingness to accept their opinion


Example: By learning how to express deference, you can build long-term relationships, both at home and at work.


10. (adj) vicious: to be dangerous, evil or extremely unpleasant


Example: If you cannot stop thinking about past mistakes, you are likely to get stuck in a vicious cycle of self-blaming.


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


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