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Daily Reader: Edition #215

Learn 71 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: Diana Nyad's historic swim from Cuba to Florida, whether baseball and softball belong in the Olympics, and the latest trend in nail art.

1. Sharks Absent, Swimmer, 64, Strokes From Cuba to Florida
The New York Times, 9/2/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 21

NYTimes: Sharks Absent, Swimmer, 64, Strokes From Cuba to Florida

On her fifth attempt, Diana Nyad, a 64 year-old grandmother, successfully swam from Cuba to Florida (110 miles!) without the protection of a shark cage. Read more and learn vocabulary words like cadence, disperse, grueling, notorious, protocol, treacherous, venomous, and waylaid.

2. Baseball and softball belong in the Olympics
Los Angeles Times, 9/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 27

LA Times: Baseball and softball belong in the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee is in the midst of deciding whether baseball and softball should be added to the 2020 Olympic Games. Read more and learn vocabulary words like antiquated, dwindled, indomitable, mesmerized, parity, pinnacle, sterling, and vigorous.

3. A Picasso Manicure?: The Rise of Fine Art Nails
The Daily Beast, 9/3/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 23

The Daily Beast: A Picasso Manicure?: The Rise of Fine Art Nails

Gone are the days of simple manicures. The latest trend is replicating iconic works of art — like those from Picasso and Warhol — onto nails. Read more and learn vocabulary words like burgeoning, euphoria, integrate, intricate, monikers, psyche, renowned, and tedious.

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Photo Credits: Michael Zimmer, Rafael Amado Deras, Lele Breveglieri