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The Week in Vocab

Review the Biggest Buzzwords of the Week!

When you follow national and worldwide affairs, you get access to controversial murder cases, big money, planes falling out of the sky and more. 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 students beef up their vocab, the news will make a lot more sense.


second-degree murder (noun) — non-premeditated killing, resulting from an assault in which death of the victim was a distinct possibility

Why it matters? After six weeks George Zimmerman has finally been charged with the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin.


inevitable (adjective) — certain to happen; unavoidable

Why it matters: Santorum’s drop from the Republican nomination race became inevitable when he could no longer figure out a way beat Romney’s delegate count. Santorum also cited his daughter’s health as a reason for ending his campaign.


compensate (verb) — to recompense someone for loss, suffering or injury

Why it matters: The Navy will compensate the residents of the Virginia Beach apartment complex that the military jet crashed into.


defiance (noun) — open resistance; bold disobedience

Why it matters: North Korea will continue with it’s planned long-range rocket launch in defiance of other countries warnings that to do so will violate a ban on missile activity.



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.

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