Vocabulary Practice:Word Inference
- shuffle |ˈSHəfəl| verb-(shuffle through) sort or look through (a number of things) hurriedly: he shuffled through the papers on his desk.
- skim |skim| verb (skims, skimming, skimmed) • (skim over) deal with or treat (a subject) briefly or superficially.
- dilemma |diˈlemədīˈlemə| noun-a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones: the people often face the dilemma of feeding themselves or their cattle.
- inordinate |inˈôrd(ə)nət| adjective-unusually or disproportionately large; excessive: a case that had taken up an inordinate amount of time.
- bicker |ˈbikər| verb [ no obj. ]1 argue about petty and trivial matters: whenever the phone rings, they bicker over who must answer it | (as noun bickering) : the constant bickering between Edgar and his mother.
- queue |kyo͞o| noun-1 chiefly Brit. a line or sequence of people or vehicles awaiting their turn to be attended to or to proceed.
- armrest |ˈärmˌrest| noun-a padded or upholstered arm of a chair or other seat on which a sitter’s arm can comfortably rest.
- ban |ban| verb (bans, banning, banned) [ with obj. ]officially or legally prohibit: he was banned from driving for a year | a proposal to ban all trade in ivory.
- olfactory |älˈfakt(ə)rēōlˈfakt(ə)rē| adjective-of or relating to the sense of smell: the olfactory organs.
- spiffy |ˈspifē| adjective -(spiffier, spiffiest) N. Amer. informalsmart in appearance: a spiffy new outfit.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
Jacqueline Whitmore, a former flight attendant, etiquette expert, and founder of the Protocol School of Palm Beach told me that those who dress well are treated better by staff and have a better chance of getting upgraded when they don’t look like they selected their ensemble from a pile of dirty laundry.
Grammar Focus: Word -Recognition
I’m not saying you should starve on your flight, but maybe forgo bringing the Taco Bell double chalupa or the Burger King onion rings into the cabin. Try a sandwich, or something that won’t invoke the olfactory anger of your fellow passengers. Bonus, it’s healthier than those fast-food stink bombs.