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This Week's Word In The News 


Something bizarre or ridiculously out-of-the-ordinary. Very odd, strange, or peculiar; fantastic.

The little-told story about the BART seat-slashing gang that was part of an upholstery racket By Dianne de Guzman, SFGATE Updated 6:29 pm PDT, Friday, October 18, 2019 8 FILE - Passengers on the relatively new train system peer out the windows, in this photo taken Sept. 12, 1972. The interior photo shows the look of the earlier BART trains, including a view of the seats that were later part of a criminal conspiracy in 1981. Photo: Barney Peterson, The Chronicle Photo: Barney Peterson, The Chronicle Image 1 of 25 FILE - Passengers on the relatively new train system peer out the windows, in this photo taken Sept. 12, 1972. The interior photo shows the look of the earlier BART trains, including a view of the seats that ... more The BART scheme started to unravel after one man tried to make a deal with police. Freshly arrested, the man decided to bargain using an interesting, unknown bit of information. He told police there was a racket being carried out on BART trains, involving paid-for vandalism of the transit system's seats. "He said, 'I’ll tell you what, there’s this little scam going on over here that I know about, because I was one of the guys that they hired ... they’d pay us, like, $2 a slash, or $3 a slash,’ something like that," longtime BART spokesman and author Michael Healy recalled. It was the early '80s at the time, and the young transit system was just under 10 years old. :: At first, the question about the scam, as it was posed to Healy earlier this month, seemed too outlandish to be true.
The San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21/2019

Words in the News Quiz
5 High School Words

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1. Tempestuous

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

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

The iron-containing respiratory pigment in red blood cells of vertebrates.

Tumultuous; stormy.

2. Auspicious

Falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth:

Physics that deals with the relationships and conversions between heat and other forms of energy.

Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.

To endow with the rights of citizenship, especially the right to vote.

3. Soliloquy

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

A dramatic or literary form of discourse in which a character talks to himself or herself or reveals his or her thoughts without addressing a listener.

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

The process in cell division by which the nucleus divides.

4. Sanguine

Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.

A plane curve formed by the intersection of a right circular cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone.

Cheerfully confident; optimistic.

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

5. Churlish

A part, portion, or share.

Logical incongruity

Having a bad disposition; surly.

A form of government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control over all aspects of life,

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