Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Objective Proficiency p 89. Vocabulary

Ex 4
  • Boathouse: /ˈbəʊthaʊs/ a building beside a river or lake for keeping a boat in. 
  • Houseboat: /ˈhaʊsbəʊt/ a boat that people can live in, usually kept at a particular place on a river or canal.

  • Glasshouse: /ˈɡlɑːshaʊs/ a building with glass sides and a glass roof, for growing plants in; a type of large greenhouse.

Ex 5 
  • Contemporary: /kənˈtemprəri/ belonging to the present time. Modern. E.g. life in contemporary Britain. Contemporary fiction/music/dance. 
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: 1906 – 1975) was a Soviet Russian composer and pianist and was one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.
  • A marker (of/for something): a sign that something exists or that shows what it is like. E.g. Price is not always an accurate marker of quality.
  • The great and the good: people who are important and respected.
  • Singular: /ˈsɪŋɡjələ(r)/ very great or obvious. Outstanding. E.g. landscape of singular beauty. He shows a singular lack of concern for other people's feelings.
  • Scholarly: / ˈskɒləli/ connected with academic study. Academic. E.g. a scholarly journal. There was an explosion of scholarly interest in her poetry.
  • Displace: /dɪsˈpleɪs/ to take the place of somebody/something. Replace. Gradually factory workers have been displaced by machines.
  • Crack: to no longer be able to function normally because of pressure. E.g. Things are terrible at work and people are cracking under the strain. They questioned him for days before he cracked. The old institutions are cracking. 
  • Spectacle: an unusual or surprising sight or situation that attracts a lot of attention. E:g. I remember the sad spectacle of her standing in her wedding dress, covered in mud. 
  • Scrutiny: /ˈskruːtəni/ careful and thorough examination. Inspection. E.g. Her argument doesn't really stand up to scrutiny. Foreign policy has come under close scrutiny recently. The documents should be available for public scrutiny. The situation is bound to come under the scrutiny of the public health authorities.

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