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Daily Reader: Edition #235

Learn 106 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the campaign to get rid of apostrophes, what it means to be cool in 2013, and the wildfires that are ravaging Australia.

1. The Foolish, Malicious War on Apostrophe's
The New Republic, 9/30/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 33

TNR: The Foolish, Malicious War on Apostrophe's

Apostrophes are the grammatical bane of so many people's existence, but does that mean we should get rid of them? Read more and learn vocabulary words like baroque, extraneous, futility, illusory, permeable, sartorial, and stymie.

2. Cool Story: What does "cool" even mean in 2013?
Slate, 9/30/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 49 (on first page)

Slate: Cool Story: What does "cool" even mean in 2013?

Everybody wants to be cool. But what exactly does it even mean to be "cool" nowadays? Read more and learn vocabulary words like bohemians, credo, derivative, epitomized, lucre, percolated, and purloined.

3. Australia’s Wildfire Season Has Started, and It Isn’t Even Summer Yet
Time, 10/1/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 24

Time: Australia’s Wildfire Season Has Started, and It Isn’t Even Summer Yet

Wildfires, known as bushfires in Australia, are ravaging the land "down under" this year. Why is this happening? Read more and learn vocabulary words like brigade, brittle, conflagration, exacerbating, germinate, portent, and precursors.

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