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 phrase important to comprehension or expression. Students are then asked to find the words within the newspaper and copy the sentence for context to its overall meaning or function in a sentence.
This Week's Word In The News 

PILFER

DEFINITION:
To steal without detection, especially in small quantities.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Thieves are pilfering railroad cars in a crime that harks back to the days of horseback-riding bandits, but is fueled by a host of modern realities, including the rise of e-commerce and Southern California’s role as a hub for the movement of goods.
The Los Angeles Times, 01/17/2022

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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. Incognito

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

Having one’s true identity concealed.

To picture falsely; misrepresent.

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


2. Gerrymander

To remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from (a book, for example) before publication.

An advocate of the extension of political voting rights, especially to women.

To divide (a geographic area) into voting districts so as to give unfair advantage to one party in elections.

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


3. Facetious

Playfully jocular; humorous

To make an accusation against.

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

An underlying base or foundation especially for an organization or system.


4. Kowtow

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

To show servile deference.

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.


5. Abrogate

A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples.

To modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner.

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.


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