Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


The act of obtaining secret or confidential information (intelligence) from non-disclosed sources or divulging of the same without the permission of the holder of the information.

Federal authorities sought a range of highly sensitive documents, including 11 caches of classified materials, indicating that the federal investigation was examining possible violations of the espionage Act, according to documents unsealed Friday.
The Palm Beach Post, 08/15/2022

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5 Middle School Words

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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. Bamboozle

The science and art of using all the forces of a nation to execute approved plans as effectively as possible during peace or war.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

To take in by elaborate methods of deceit

To have a great ambition or ultimate goal

2. Laconic

The main character in a drama or other literary work.

Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.

A weather phenomenon in the Eastern Pacific that is precisely equivalent to a hurricane.

The method or result of concealing personnel or equipment from an enemy by making them appear to be part of the natural surroundings

3. Despondent

A poisonous substance, especially a protein, that is produced by living cells or organisms.

Being without or almost without hope

Strikingly unconventional and far-fetched in style or appearance; odd

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

4. Technique

A conventional, formulaic, and oversimplified conception, opinion, or image.

A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.

A movement or procedure involving skill and dexterity.

The systematic procedure by which a complex or scientific task is accomplished.

5. Rainforest

A dense evergreen forest occupying a tropical region with an annual rainfall of at least 100 inches.

One that is inconvenient, annoying, or vexatious; a bother.

Any of various nonplacental mammals, including kangaroos, opossums, bandicoots, and wombats, found principally in Australia and the Americas.

Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.

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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.