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The Week in Vocab

Review the Biggest Buzzwords of the Week!

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When you follow national and worldwide affairs, you get access to foreign dignitaries, international relationships, scientific studies, famous artists and underdogs. 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.


apple factoryaudit (noun) — a methodical examination and review

Why it matters: After coming under fire for use of inhumane and environmentally unfriendly factories in China, Apple has begun its own audits into the conditions of overseas factories where their products are assembled.


Xi Jinpingexquisite (adjective) — extremely beautiful and delicate

Why it matters: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping recently traveled to the US for a visit. His trip was marked by exquisite meetings with high ranking US officials, including the president, tours of American power centers and fancy dinners.

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veto (noun)– to overrule an action or decision; to cancel or postpone a decision or enactment

Why it matters: Despite the continued violence in Syria, China recently vetoed a UN Security Council resolution urging Syria’s leader to step down.

sanction (noun)– something that gives binding force to an oath, rule, etc.

Why it matters: China disputed the UN’s choice to urge Syrian President to step down, stating that sanctions or threats of sanctions were “not conducive to the appropriate resolution” of the issue.

bungledbungled (verb)– to carry out a task clumsily or incompetently, usually leading to a failed or unsatisfactory outcome

Why it matters: Tensions between Israel and Iran are high right now due to a series of bungled explosions in Israel by two Iranian nationals in Bangkok.


LinsanityLinsanity (noun) — the media and fan craziness that has followed basketball player, Jeremy Lin’s rise to basketball stardom.

Why it matters: Underdog Jeremy Lin, now a starting player for the New York Knicks, has risen from obscurity and battled a series of rejections and cuts to become a starting player for the New York Knicks. The media fervor has been dubbed Linsanity.