Words in the News

This Week's Word In The News 

ERRATICALLY

DEFINITION:
In a way that is not regular, certain, or expected.

FOUND IN THE NEWS:
Police officers said he was acting erratically and posed an “immediate threat,” according to the incident report.
The Orlando Sentinel, 05/20/2024

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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. Mosaic

The locus of points for which the sum of the distances from each point to two fixed points is equal

A picture or decorative design made by setting small colored pieces, as of stone or tile, into a surface.

Relating to a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.

The food-conducting tissue of vascular plants, consisting of sieve tubes, fibers, parenchyma, and sclereids.


2. Labyrinth

An intricate structure of interconnecting passages through which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

A schedule of prices or fees.

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,


3. Participle

To honor the memory of with a ceremony

A fungus, usually of the class Ascomycetes, that grows symbiotically with algae,

To abstain from or act together in abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with as an expression of protest or disfavor or as a means of coercion

A form of a verb that in some languages, such as English, can function independently as an adjective.


4. Flourish

An elevated, comparatively level expanse of land; a tableland.

Appropriateness of behavior or conduct

The pattern produced on a photosensitive medium that has been exposed by holography and then photographically developed.

To grow well or luxuriantly; thrive


5. Impertinent

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

Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold

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

A member of an irregular, usually indigenous military or paramilitary unit operating in small bands in occupied territory to harass and undermine the enemy


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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.