New English Words of the Month – May 2018

May 2, 2018

 

1. (v) splay: to stretch or spread something

 

Example: Doctors are now researching ways to artificially splay people’s body parts without causing physical discomfort.  

 

 

2. (adj) theatrical: a very emotional or exaggerated behavior

 

Example: When actors are overly theatrical, they can distort the message of the movies or plays.

 

 

3. (adj) versatile: to have competency in many different areas

 

Example: He is seen as a versatile author, because his books cover a wide range of topics, from politics to business.

 

 

4. (n) affinity: a sympathy or connection between people

 

Example: Young people in this country have a particular affinity for travelling abroad, since it enables them to experience new things.

 

 

5. (adj) precocious: to be able to do something that others of the same age normally cannot

 

Example: That precocious child can play the piano very well at the age of four.

 

 

6. (v) extol: to praise someone or something very enthusiastically

 

Example: China’s local media often extol its government’s social and economic policy reforms.

 

 

7. (n) virtue: a good quality, habit or advantage that someone or something has

 

Example: Honesty is one of the important virtues that children should learn from their young age.

 

 

8. (v) dissect: to analyze something in detail to understand it deeply

 

Example: The executive board dissected our business proposal, before giving us the green light to implement it.

 

 

9. (v) scrutinize: to examine something very carefully

 

Example: Our event manager is scrutinizing the venue to make sure that the upcoming meeting will be successful.

 

 

10. (n) skirmish: a physical fight or a verbal argument

 

Example: The politicians had an intense skirmish over whether they should increase national spending on healthcare.

 

 

What new words have you learned in May 2018? Please share them by leaving a comment. 

 

 

 

 

 

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