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A high-level resignation, a poet sensation, and a ballpark illumination

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Aug 8, 2017 12:15:06 PM

Richard Nixon.pngOn this day in 1974, President Richard M. Nixon resigned in the wake of the Watergate burglary scandal. He was the first president in American history to resign. On this day in 1918, 22-year-old poet John Keats returned from a strenuous walking tour of the Lake Districts and Scotland with friends. On this day in 1988, the Chicago Cubs hosted the first night game in the history of Wrigley Field.

Let’s shine a light on your vocabulary today, see if your skills are unimpeachable, and determine if beauty and truth are indeed all you need to know.

1. impeach

(a) convict

(b) sentence

(c) charge

(d) remove

2. demit

(a) deny

(b) lie

(c) resign

(d) evade

3. mea culpa

(a) a formal denial of personal fault or error

(b) counsel or warning against fault or oversight

(c) calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument

(d) a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error

4. cloy

(a) to surfeit with an excess usually of something originally pleasing

(b) to overcome

(c) to rise from a lower level or degree

(d) to take or seize eagerly

5. low

(a) bray

(b) moo

(c) cluck

(d) whinny

6. brede

(a) embroidery

(b) plaster

(c) golden strands

(d) brother

7. twi-night

(a) baseball games on successive nights

(b) the rare feat of hitting two homeruns in one inning

(c) of, relating to, or being a baseball doubleheader in which the first game is played in the late afternoon and the second continues into the evening

(d) the rare feat of being  called out twice in one inning

8. farm out

(a) to send to a farm team

(b) to come from a farm team

(c) a situation in baseball in which a batter reaches base safely because the fielder attempts to put out another base runner on the play

(d) mediocre

9. nightcap

(a) a cap of the kind worn by baseball players that has a rounded crown and a long visor

(b) the second game of a baseball doubleheader

(c) a high-bouncing batted baseball

(d) the last beer of the night consumed by the team manager

10. timbrel

(a) an early keyboard instrument

(b) a small hand drum or tambourine

(c) a stringed instrument

(d) a musical composition for eight instruments or voices



Correct answers:

1c; 2c; 3d; 4a; 5b; 6a; 7c; 8a; 9b; 10b


What men or gods are you?

Score Well?
All 10 What pipes and timbrels? What wild ecstasy?
7-9 Not as bright as sunlight, but not bad.
4-6 Suffering from a burning forehead, perhaps?
2-3 “Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.
0-1 You may not be a crook, but surely you are no scholar.


Intro text: history.com

Definitions: Merriam-Webster 11th Collegiate Dictionary

Topics: vocabulary test, vocabulary

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