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Winning Words from the New York Times Learning Network / Vocabulary.com Student Vocab Video Contest

December 18, 2013
This is a list of vocab words featured in videos made by the winners of a 15-Second Student Vocabulary Video Contest we co-sponsored with The New York Times Learning Network. Check out the videos here!
turncoat
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on turncoat here.
They are turncoats, with the ability to suddenly switch from good to bad.
Scientific American (Dec 4, 2013)
serendipity
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on serendipity here.
"What good bookshops do well is that they encourage this serendipity, this stumbling onto something that you never thought you would find," Ms Robinson says.
BBC (Sep 24, 2013)
prude
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on prude here.
Yet, as Wagner conceived her, she is no prude; she knows the nature of men who cheat, including gods, especially her husband.
New York Times (Jul 28, 2013)
onomatopoeia
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on onomatopoeia here.
God knows I can handle a "daiquiri," but when it came to " onomatopoeia," well, thud.
Seattle Times (Sep 17, 2012)
bludgeon
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on bludgeon here.
They bludgeoned him with steel bars, and stabbed him four times.
The New Yorker (Jun 3, 2013)
caricature
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on caricature here.
The comedian Tracy Morgan is known for his outlandish sensibilities, caricatured by his character Tracy Jordan on the NBC show 30 Rock.
Scientific American (Nov 13, 2013)
hallucination
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on hallucination here.
Jantijie said last week that he has schizophrenia and experiences hallucinations.
Time (Dec 16, 2013)
bifurcate
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on bifurcate here.
"We are going to end up with bifurcated markets with the U.S. and the non-U.S. market."
Reuters (Nov 24, 2013)
sloth
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on sloth here.
David wonders where in his house he should put the TV to minimize sloth.
Slate (Nov 29, 2013)
pacifist
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on pacifist here.
Nonetheless, the Japanese public remains largely pacifist and the self-defense forces face continuing challenges to meet recruiting goals.
Time (Oct 10, 2013)
agglomeration
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on agglomeration here.
hypocritical
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on hypocritical here.
It's pretty hypocritical to accuse Russia of carrots and sticks diplomacy when everyone else is doing the same.
Economist (Nov 19, 2013)
irony
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on irony here.
He acknowledges the perceived irony of a shooting victim advocating against gun control.
Slate (Dec 12, 2013)
potable
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on potable here.
These are the keys to life that natural systems provide for free — think breathable air and potable .
Scientific American (Nov 25, 2013)
headstrong
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on headstrong here.
Lith is bright, well spoken and hardworking but also can be headstrong.
New York Times (Dec 4, 2013)
paranoia
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on paranoia here.
But they also seem reluctant, to the point of paranoia, to question his policies publicly.
New York Times (Dec 11, 2013)
courier
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on courier here.
He carries your newly bought sacks on his head to a dispatch depot where another group of couriers takes them into the city.
Economist (Dec 12, 2013)
kleptomaniac
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on kleptomaniac here.
I knew a kleptomaniac, who got herself arrested more than once in the great shops of Paris for stealing various articles.
Flammarion, Camille
mosaic
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on mosaic here.
Today, the 10 spacious modern suites feature wooden floors, mosaic tile bathrooms and rain shower heads.
New York Times (Dec 13, 2013)
gory
Watch a 15-second prize winning student video on gory here.
Described as being "for adults and fearless teens aged 13+", the play contains many gory scenes.
BBC (Dec 6, 2013)

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Monday December 30th 2013, 5:00 AM
Comment by: muzammil T. (Pakistan)
best way to learn english :):):))
Sunday January 5th, 12:06 AM
Comment by: Zhizhen Q.
Amazing!

minor error here: the last link is misplaced.

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