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Daily Reader: Edition #281

Learn 51 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the expectation game with 'The Sound of Music', whether Valley Girl speak is here to stay, and whether it's time to do a drug intervention on Babe.

1. 'The Sound of Music' and the Anticipation Trap
The New Yorker, 12/6/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 18

The New Yorker: "The Sound of Music" and the Anticipation Trap

In case you missed it, you'll have another chance to watch Carrie Underwood in The Sound of Music this Saturday. But this article warns you why it's important to set the right expectations before tuning in! Read more and learn vocabulary words like avert, calamity, condescension, credible, nostalgic, and taciturn.

2. Is Valley Girl Speak, Like, on the Rise?
National Geographic, 12/6/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 16

National Geographic: Is Valley Girl Speak, Like, on the Rise?

When did, like, it become okay to, like, you know, talk like a Valley Girl? Although some people may dismiss Valley Girl speak as a fad, a new study shows that it's much more prevalent than you might think! Read more and learn vocabulary words like conforms, flamboyant, presumably, recount, and timid.

3. Is Your Bacon on Drugs?
The Daily Beast, 12/12/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 17

The Daily Beast: Is Your Bacon on Drugs?

Did know that 80% of the antibiotics produced each year are actually fed to animals? Is it time to do a drug intervention for Babe? Read more and learn vocabulary words like improvident, patrimony, relentless, susceptible, unruly, and wayward.

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