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Daily Reader: Edition #163

Learn 118 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the wonders of the global package delivery system, the importance of the Prime Meridian, and the Dante frenzy sparked by Dan Brown's Inferno.

1. How Our Lust for Stuff Is Making the Whole World Your Mall
Wired, 5/30/2012

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 45

Wired: How Our Lust for Stuff Is Making the Whole World Your Mall (Image: Flickr user Bill Abbott)

These days, you can get a package delivered in pretty much any part of the world. What other new services can we anticipate as global consumers? Read more and learn vocabulary words like aspirations, byzantine, contend, escrow, insurgency, intervenes, momentum, potent, thwart, and utopia.

2. How the Prime Meridian Changed the World
National Geographic, 5/26/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 36

National Geographic: How the Prime Meridian Changed the World (Image: Flickr user Joey O'Rourke)

The Prime Meridian has fallen out of cultural importance in this new digital age, but there was a time when it revolutionized the world. Read more and learn vocabulary words like archipelago, cartographers, celestial, derive, disseminate, feasible, orbit, precision, superlative, testimonial, and verbatim.

3. Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Sparks Dante Fever in Florence
The Daily Beast, 5/30/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 37

The Daily Beast: Dan Brown’s ‘Inferno’ Sparks Dante Fever in Florence  (Image: Flickr user HarshLight)

Scholars claim that Dan Brown "blurs the facts" in his latest book, Inferno. But that hasn't stopped a massive Dante frenzy in Italy. Read more and learn vocabulary words like accessible, aficionados, barren, encompassing, esteemed, impetus, insinuates, purists, recession, and trysts.

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