Review the Biggest Buzzwords of the Week!
When you follow national and worldwide affairs, you get access to fascinating men and women, wild science, lands previously unknown, and sometimes surprising events from your own backyard. And each week, it seems like a few words get repeated again and again. Each week, we’ll highlight the top buzzwords or terms that your students might not have known or even heard until now. All these words are featured in the most recent edition of The Week in Rap. And once they beef up their vocab, the news will make a lot more sense.
Why it matters: On Tuesday, voting Republicans of Iowa caucused for their preferred Presidential candidate. The Iowa caucuses are the first stop in the Republican primaries. Mitt Romney won by 8 votes.
embargo (noun/verb) – when one country refuses to trade with another, usually to protest a policy or regime of that country. The idea is that the embargoed country will be so hurt by isolation that it will cave to the other country’s demands.
Why it matters: The United States and other European nations have threatened to embargo Iran if it does not give up its pursuit of a nuclear program.
Why it matters: In response to threats of an American and European embargo, Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz. This could affect American ships, and also possibly drive up the price of oil.
Why it matters: This week near Antarctica, scientists discovered new sea creatures three miles below the surface. They gain their sustenance from hydrothermal vents.
Why it matters: This past week, an arsonist set fire to 55 cars in Los Angeles.
Did you hear any other big terms this week? Share them in the comments!
Learn all about these stories and more in The Week in Rap.