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Daily Reader: Edition #286

Learn 73 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: eating a holiday dinner from a can, the mix of celebrity and charity in Africa, and the movies inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.

1. Would You Eat A Holiday Dinner in a Can?
Smithsonian Magazine, 12/12/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 35

Smithsonian: Would You Eat A Holiday Dinner in a Can?

A U.K. company is selling a Christmas Tinner — i.e., an entire Christmas dinner in a can — to help those who "can’t tear themselves away from their new consoles and games on Christmas Day.” What do you think? Read more and learn vocabulary words like abominable, audaciously, delineated, egregious, and maligned.

2. Celebrity and Charity in Africa
The New Yorker, 12/18/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 22

New Yorker: Celebrity and Charity in Africa

Many celebrities (including Christina Aguilera) made highly publicized trips to help the poor in Africa in 2013. But which trips were about celebrity and which were actually about charity? Read more and learn vocabulary words like authoritarian, beset, notable, relentless, sustained, and wary.

3. Pulp Fiction and Mary Poppins Deemed Equally Important To Future Generations
Vanity Fair, 12/18/2013

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 16

Vanity Fair: Pulp Fiction and Mary Poppins Deemed Equally Important To Future Generations

Every year, the National Film Registry decides which movies (that are at least 10 yrs old) it will preserve for future generations. This year, Pulp Fiction, Mary Poppins, and a few others made the cut. Read more and learn vocabulary words like aesthetic, immaculate, obscure, pantheon, and virtuous.

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