Cool Word Challenge: Exculpate and Buttress

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Cool Word Challenge: Just for fun, come up with one sentence that uses both of the cool vocabulary words that you learned this week.

Here are the words again:

Exculpate: To clear of wrong-doing; to absolve.

Buttress: To provide stability; to support physically.
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Does This Building Need Buttressing?

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Completed in the late 1300s, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is an iconic landmark in Italy that attracts more than one million tourists each year.

The tower began to tilt during its construction due to the unstable soil it was built upon.

Since then, numerous efforts have been made to prevent the tower from toppling over.

Over time, engineers and architects have worked to implement ways to buttress (see definition and hear pronunciation below) the slanting tower.

However, many people have argued in favor of maintaining the tower’s slanted appearance since that is what makes the structure so unique!

You can read other fun facts about the tower here: http://www.towerofpisa.org/leaning-tower-of-pisa-facts/

Cool word question of the day: Can you think of any creative ways to buttress the Leaning Tower of Pisa?

Buttress: To provide stability; to support physically.

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Vocab Practice: Vexing

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This word appeared on the Cool Word Club website on Feb. 4, 2016.

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Vexing means:

A) Missing equipment
B) Causing irritation
C) Listening carefully
D) Performing adequately

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Vocab Practice: Pathos

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This word appeared on the Cool Word Club website on Feb. 1, 2016.

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Pathos means:

A) An official type of correspondence
B) A speedy form of recovery
C) A quirky personality trait
D) A quality that evokes sorrow

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How a Person Is Exculpated…

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The US Constitution sets forth principles of justice, including important rights for people who are accused of crimes.

The Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution explicitly states that every US citizen has the right to a fair and speedy trial.

The US justice system gives accused individuals the opportunity to plead their cases and be exculpated (see definition and hear pronunciation below) of crimes if proven innocent.

For more than 200 years, the US Constitution has served as the foundation of a solid democracy, providing due process and protections for its citizens.

Cool word question of the day: Why do you think that it’s important for people who are proven innocent to be exculpated?

Exculpate: To clear of wrong-doing; to absolve.

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Cool Word Challenge: Pathos and Vexing

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Cool Word Challenge: Just for fun, come up with one sentence that uses both of the cool vocabulary words that you learned this week.

Here are the words again:

Pathos: A quality that evokes sorrow or pity.

Vexing: Causing irritation or annoyance.

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That’s a Vexing Water Problem!

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Have you ever been annoyed by the sound of a leaky faucet?

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), one leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year!

That is the amount of water that is used to take more than 180 showers!

So, the next time you hear a dripping faucet, take action to correct this vexing (see definition and hear pronunciation below) problem.

You’ll be doing the environment a favor if you turn off the faucet or call a plumber to make repairs!

To read more about the environmental impact of water leaks, go to: http://www3.epa.gov/watersense/pubs/fixleak.html

Cool word question of the day: Can you think of any other vexing problems that you could possibly solve?

Vexing: Causing irritation or annoyance.

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Vocab Practice: Fatuous

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This word appeared on the Cool Word Club website on Jan. 28, 2016.

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Fatuous means:

A) Somber
B) Unpredictable
C) Silly
D) Conservative

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Vocab Practice: Abut

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This word appeared on the Cool Word Club website on Jan. 25, 2016.

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Abut means:

A) To adjoin
B) To correct
C) To rebuke
D) To praise

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This Poet Knows A Lot About Pathos

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One of the most well-known poets in American history is Emily Dickinson.

Dickinson spent most of her life writing poems from her home in Amherst, Massachusetts.

It was not until her death in 1866 that the majority of her work became popular and was brought to the public’s attention.

Dickinson lived a secluded lifestyle, and her poems often reflected melancholy and sorrowful messages.

The pathos (see definition and hear pronunciation below) of her work is one of its most enduring themes.

Cool word question of the day: Is pathos something that you appreciate in books or movies?

Pathos: A quality that evokes sorrow or pity.

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