Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

SURROGATE

DEFINITION:
A person appointed to act for another; a deputy.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
He cited "partisan, unprofessional" messages tweeted by DeSantis surrogate Christina Pushaw and the amount of money the governor's office had calculated in free media coverage: $2.4 million in two weeks.
The Panama City News Herald, 01/22/2023

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5 Elementary 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. Specifically, giving indication of a coming ill; being an evil omen

ominous

brackish

narrate

interdependence


2. Natural ability to acquire knowledge or skill.

various

aptitude

function

dismal


3. The line that bounds a circle or other two-dimensional figure.

dismal

disdain

acquire

circumference


4. The system of production and distribution and consumption.

ignite

economy

quell

meticulous


5. The power to affect, control or manipulate something or someone; the ability to change the development of fluctuating things such as conduct, thoughts or decisions.

meticulous

current

dispel

influence


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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.