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Words in the News

Common Core State Standard
LS.CCS.4/5/6 Grades 3-12: Students are asked to determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words through multiple choice vocabulary quizzes. Quizzes are designed to help students demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in words, acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words, and gather vocabulary knowledge when considering a word or phase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to it's overall meaning or function in a sentence.
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Words in the News Quiz
5 High School Words

Click on the correct answer in the quiz below.
Then see if you can find the word in your newspaper -- the print edition, the website or the digital edition and copy the sentence for context. NOTE: High School words are much harder to find!

1. Circumlocution

Eating and drinking in moderation.

A reproductive cell having the haploid number of chromosomes, especially a mature sperm or egg capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the fertilized egg.

The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.

The science and technology of building electronic circuits and devices from single atoms and molecules.

2. Incognito

Having a bad disposition; surly.

Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid.

Having one’s true identity concealed.

Of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another.

3. Obsequious

Playfully jocular; humorous

Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.

A circular strand of DNA in bacteria that contains the hereditary information necessary for cell life.

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

4. Chicanery

Having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force; all-powerful.

Logical incongruity

To seize another’s place, authority, or possession wrongfully.

Deception by trickery or sophistry.

5. Irony

To increase the positive charge or valence of (an element) by removing electrons.

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.

To separate or get rid of (an undesirable part); eliminate.

Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.

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This Week's Word In The News 


To move by degrees (often followed by up or down).

EPA leaders' long-delayed decision ratcheting the current 75 parts per billion ozone limit to 70 ppb foists even heavier challenges on high-growth metro Denver and other cities exceeding the standards.
The Denver Post, 10/05/2015