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. Mutation

An alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality.

To condescend to give or grant

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

To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark


2. Gargoyle

A grotesque ornamental figure or projection.

The distribution of energy emitted by a radiant source, arranged in order of wavelengths.

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.


3. Wretched

A state of uncertainty or perplexity.

One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.

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

In a deplorable state of distress or misfortune; miserable.


4. Cower

To cringe in fear

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

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.


5. Bizarre

A closed plane figure bounded by three or more line segments.

A preparation of a weakened or killed pathogen.

The drawing of a conclusion by reasoning; the act of deducing.

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


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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.