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Daily Reader: Edition #211

Learn 119 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the best and worst Batman movies and TV shows; the purpose of the English major; and rehabilitating the image of America's Rust Belt.

1. Before Batfleck: A History of Batman’s Best and Worst Incarnations
Wired, 8/27/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 32

Wired: Before Batfleck: A History of Batman’s Best and Worst Incarnations

The controversial casting of Ben Affleck in the next Batman movie has elicited strong reactions from fans. Read more about the film exploits of the caped crusader and learn vocabulary words like bombastic, counterintuitive, debut, forte, impeccable, obscure, unprecedented, and xenophobia.

2. Why teach English?
New Yorker, 8/27/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 48

New Yorker: Why teach English?

English majors have long been maligned for their choice of study. But why do we study the English language anyway? Read more and learn vocabulary words like bromides, dubious, estimable, momentous, platitudes, remunerative, tangible, and utilitarian.

3. A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes
The Atlantic, 8/27/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 39

The Atlantic: A New Magazine Takes on Old Rust Belt Stereotypes

When you think of America's Rust Belt, the words "chic" or "trendy" probably don't come to mind. But a local magazine is hoping to change that. Read more and learn vocabulary words like caliber, derived, gamut, intrinsic, pejorative, psyche, queued, and surfeit.

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