New English Words of the Month – December 2018

December 1, 2018


1. (n) integrity: the merit of always behaving in a moral and socially desirable way


Example: The integrity of the local Red Cross team is highly appreciated by local residents.



2. (n) flair: a gentle or skillful way of doing something


Example: The president always delivers his speeches with flair.



3. (adj) pithy: to be short, concise but effective


Example: The presentation was pithy, however, it still helped us realize our organizational problems.



4. (n) wit: the ability to make rational decisions or do things cleverly to make people laugh


Example: The CEO’s wit makes him such an attractive leader.



5. (n) reprisal: to do something unpleasant to somebody because he/she did something bad to you


Example: Illegal reprisal, even if it is logical, is never a justification for crime.



6. (adj) contentious: something sensitive that causes conflict or disagreement    


Example: Eliminating the death penalty policy remains a contentious debate in several countries.



7. (v) hoard: to save a large amount of something and hide it somewhere


Example: Women in this village tend to hoard their pocket money to invest in their kids’ future education.



8. (n) fallacy: a common belief which is false but is regarded as true by many


Example: According to researchers, it is a fallacy to refer family origin as the single cause of extreme poverty.



9. (v) salvage: to save belongings that were damaged because of a disaster


Example: Victims of the fire failed to salvage their personal belongings, because the fired remained for more than 10 hours.



10. (n) savvy: specialist knowledge in a certain profession or the ability to judge situations rationally


Example: The tech-savvy students created a startup in their dorm room, which later became a global unicorn.



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






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