Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 


An account or synopsis of a possible course of action or events.

This is a scenario that played out often after 2018?s Hurricane Michael.
The Tamp Bay Times, 10/03/2022

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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. Mitosis

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.

Having a bad disposition; surly.

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

2. Unctuous

Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

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

Having a harmful effect; injurious.

Eating and drinking in moderation.

3. Bowdlerize

Interchanged, given, or owed to each other.

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

Feeling or showing haughty disdain.

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

4. Parameter

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

Not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination.

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

A factor that determines a range of variations; a boundary

5. Hypotenuse

Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.

Something done or paid to compensate or make amends.

The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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

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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.