II. While Reading Activities
- stash |staSH| informal verb [with object]store (something) safely and secretly in a specified place: their wealth had been stashed away in Swiss banks.
- enthusiastically |ēnˌTH(y)o͞ozēˈastəklēenˌTH(y)o͞ozēˈastəklē|adverb in a way that shows intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval: the report was enthusiastically welcomed by all groups | the audience applauded enthusiastically.
- nauseated |ˈnôzēˌātˈnôZHēˌāt| verb [with object] make (someone) feel sick; affect with nausea: the thought of food nauseated her. • fill (someone) with revulsion; disgust: I was nauseated by the vicious comment.
- awkward |ˈôkwərd| adjective1 causing difficulty; hard to do or deal with: one of the most awkward jobs is painting a ceiling | some awkward questions | the wheelbarrow can be awkward to maneuver.
- evaluate |əˈvalyəˌwāt| verb [with object] form an idea of the amount, number, or value of; assess: when you evaluate any hammer, look for precision machining | [with clause] : computer simulations evaluated how the aircraft would perform.
- gaffe |ɡaf| noun an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder: an unforgivable social gaffe.
- indiscretion |ˌindəˈskreSH(ə)n| noun behavior or speech that is indiscreet or displays a lack of good judgment: he knew himself all too prone to indiscretion | sexual indiscretions.
- retrospect |ˈretrəˌspekt| noun a survey or review of a past course of events or period of time. PHRASES:in retrospect when looking back on a past event or situation; with hindsight: perhaps, in retrospect, I shouldn’t have gone.
- niche |niCHnēSH| noun (one’s niche) a comfortable or suitable position in life or employment: he is now a partner at a leading law firm and feels he has found his niche.
- resigned |riˈzīnd| adjective-having accepted something unpleasant that one cannot do anything about: my response is a resigned shrug of the shoulders.
Source: Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus
Grammar Focus: Identifying Prepositions
I had an interview in Dumbo and had no idea that the building was 30 minutes from the subway station! I was a half-hour late or more and completely frazzled by the time I got there. When she finally arrived, the interview took place out in the middle of an open-plan office, So I had the fun of having everyone listen to me apologize. I’ve spent the last hour convincing this guy I can learn under pressure, and now I’m going to look like a flake.