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Daily Reader: Edition #289

Learn 62 vocabulary words from today's Daily Reader with 3 articles: the controversy over the skaters selected to represent the U.S. at the Sochi Olympics, why we hate spiders, and how being impatient may cost you.

1. The Real Skating Winner Isn't Ashley Wagner, It's Her Sponsors
The Wire, 1/14/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 17

The Wire: The Real Skating Winner Isn't Ashley Wagner, It's Her Sponsors

The Sochi Olympics haven't even started yet, but there is already high drama in the women's figure skating competition. Read more and learn vocabulary words like chaff, embodiment, extolled, faltered, idealized, and warrant.

2. Why Are We Afraid of Spiders? There Are Two Competing Theories
The New Republic, 1/14/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 28

TNR: Why Are We Afraid of Spiders? There Are Two Competing Theories

Studies show that one in three women and one in four men have arachnophobia. Why are we so scared of these creepy crawlers? Read more and learn vocabulary words like aversion, evoke, harbingers, predisposition, traumatic, and venomous.

3. Is Your Impatience Costing You?
U.S. News, 1/14/2014

SAT/ACT Vocabulary Word Count: 17

US News: Is Your Impatience Costing You?

Are you an impatient person? A new study says that being impatient will cost you more than you might think over your lifetime. Read more and learn vocabulary words like correlated, enormity, incentive, meditating, reap, and vulnerable.

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