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Daily Reader: Edition #165

Learn 125 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the conflicting accounts of the night that Osama bin Laden died, the scientific basis behind popular English idioms, and a researcher's attempt to debunk Erin Brockovich.

1. Trigger Man
Vanity Fair, 6/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 19

Vanity Fair: Trigger Man (Image: Flickr user Official U.S. Navy Page)

Two Navy SEALs have published accounts detailing what happened the night that Osama bin Laden died, but the two versions contradict each other. Who is telling the truth? Read more and learn vocabulary words like compound, credible, definitive, improvising, ineffectual, inevitable, pursuit, stealth, and supine.

2. Once in a Blue Moon and Other Idioms That Don’t Make Scientific Sense
Smithsonian Magazine, 5/22/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 53

Smithsonian Magazine: Once in a Blue Moon and Other Idioms That Don’t Make Scientific Sense (Image: Flickr user tonynetone)

The English language is full of idioms that reference science — hard as nails, diamonds are forever, etc. Are any of them based on actual science? Read more and learn vocabulary words like artful, belies, degrade, depletes, futile, instigated, malfeasance, malleable, mutable, placating, and sagaciously.

3. Erin Brockovich's Biggest Debunker, Debunked
Mother Jones, 6/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 53

Mother Jones: Erin Brockovich's Biggest Debunker, Debunked (Image: Flickr user Eva Rinaldi)

A scientist has been trying to disprove the infamous "cancer cluster" town that Erin Brockovich (portrayed by Julia Roberts in the hit movie) helped to expose. But his research is now being called into question. Read more and learn vocabulary words like allegations, debunk, dire, dispelling, integrity, mirage, theoretically, and validity.

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