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This Week in Words: September 8 - 14, 2018

September 10, 2018
News flash! We’ve rounded up the top words heard, read, debated and discussed this week. Take a look back at the week that was, vocabulary style.
demise
It looks like one of the mainstay deals of American fast food over the past few years — Subway’s five dollar foot long — will be discontinued. Relax! They're not discontinuing the sandwich itself, they're just raising the price because the profit margins are thinner than a slice of roast beef. Subway also is trying out new items to entice customers, like warm panini sandwiches.
The demise of the $5 Footlong is just one of the differences customers will notice at Subway. - USA Today (Sept. 10, 2018)
epochal
When the site of an old theater in Italy was being excavated, about 300 rare gold coins were found. The coins are said to date from around 474 B.C. Archeologists are hailing the discovery as a major find because of the amount of the coins and the good condition they were found in.
“More than exceptional, it’s epochal — one of those discoveries that marks the course of history," Culture Minister Alberto Bonisoli said during a Monday news conference. - USA Today (Sept. 11, 2018)
hirsute
The Answer : A small, gray, beard. The Question: What’s that on Alex Trebek's face? Jeopardy! returned for a new season with a surprise for viewers. The legendary host has grown a beard to accompany his trademark mustache. The show is running a Twitter poll asking viewers whether they think Trebek should keep the beard, but it is unclear whether he will abide by the public’s opinion.
Trebek surprised everyone over the weekend by showing up all over social media introducing the new season and displaying a fresh hirsuteness, thanks to a dignified gray beard. - Today.com (Sept. 10, 2018)
imminent
Famed journalist Bob Woodward has written a new book called Fear which claims to be an accurate, behind-the-scenes look at the Trump White House. The book depicts President Trump as incapable of governing and unqualified for the job. The White House asserts that the book is an inaccurate fabrication.
"At that moment, there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, ‘My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as ‘an attack is imminent,’” Woodward told CBS. - foxnews.com (Sept. 12, 2018)
literacy
Bestselling author James Patterson is giving away $2 million to schools in need. This is in addition to a previous gift of $7 million that Patterson made to classrooms. In addition to the mystery novels that have made him famous, Patterson also writes novels aimed at young adults and some at even younger readers. He has made spreading literacy a personal mission.
Patterson has a colorful history of donating to literacy programs and independent booksellers. -goodnewsnetwork.org (Sept. 10, 2018)
matrix
It seems that every week there is another story in the news declaring that some food is good for you, and the next week there is a story claiming that the same food is the worst thing you can eat. Cheese had been portrayed as a "bad" food because it is high in saturated fat. However, new research out this week suggests that this is not the whole picture, and that cheese may be better for you than previously thought because of the way it is digested.
The speculation is that within the creamy goodness of cheese, nutrient molecules are locked within complex structures called matrices which your body requires time to dismantle. The slower release of these nutrients into our bloodstream seems to benefit healthy cardio-metabolic function. -goodnewsnetwork.org (Sept. 11, 2018)
rationale
The debate over Pluto’s planetary status is raging again. New research questions the science behind demoting Pluto to dwarf planet status because these ideas haven't been applied since the 19th century. At issue is how important a celestial body’s ability to clear its orbit of other matter is. Pluto isn’t massive enough to do this, but those who support Pluto’s planethood point out that Pluto was formed like other planets, which they regard as more crucial than mass.
The research, published in the scientific journal Icarus, says Pluto never should have been downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet 12 years ago. Why? Because, the authors say, the rationale behind the decision wasn't valid. - cnn.com (Sept. 10, 2018)
rife
National Security Advisor John Bolton announced that the U.S. will no longer recognize the International Criminal Court as a valid judiciary body. The Trump administration also announced that it will close the Palestine Liberation Organization‘s office in Washington, D.C. The move is intended to punish Palestinian leaders for not agreeing to peace talks with the United States and Israel, and the hope is that this will push them closer to the negotiating table.
In the prepared remarks planned for Monday, Mr. Bolton offers an extended critique of the court, which he asserts is rife with abuses, and vows that the U.S. will use “any means necessary” to protect American citizens and those of friendly allies from prosecution by the court. - The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 10, 2018)
scourge
This week marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on The Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the downing of hijacked Flight 93. The day was commemorated by moments of silence and the reading of the names of the approximately 3,000 victims.
The 9/11 Commission, which we chaired 14 years ago, recommended three core goals for U.S. policy: Attack terrorists and their organizations, protect against and prepare for attacks, and prevent the continued growth of Islamist terrorism. The United States has effectively carried out the first two elements of this strategy but made little headway on the third. Until we do, the scourge of terrorism will continue to plague us. - USA Today (Sept. 11, 2018)
torrential
The southern east coast of the United States is experiencing the impact of the first major hurricane of the season, Hurricane Florence.
Evacuations began at 8 a.m. Tuesday in coastal areas of Virginia, including large parts of the Norfolk and Virginia Beach area. In Maryland, a state of emergency was declared to mobilize resources ahead of the storm. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., also declared a state of emergency, with torrential rain a threat there. - The New York Times (Sept. 11, 2018)

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