SINGLISH: Broken English or Badge of Identity? – Vocabulary

Dear all, find a list of words that will help you to understand the reading:

1) badge: a small round object that fastens onto your clothes with a pin and usually has a picture or writing on it.

2) struck: the past tense of strike.

3) quirky: slightly strange

4) instil: to make someone have a particular feeling or belief

5) dynamic: very lively and enthusiastic, with a lot of energy and determination

6) sluggish: not moving as quickly as usual

7) Dixie: the southern states of the US, that fought against the northern states during the American Civil War

8) drawl: a slow way of speaking, with long vowel sounds

9) sprinkle: a small quantity or amount of something

10) Hokkien:  A dialect of southern Min Chinese that is also spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.

11) mind-boggling: very large, unusual, or complicated and not easy to imagine

12) admonish: to advise someone to do something

13) hub: the most important place where a particular activity takes place

14) bemoan: to complain or say that you are disappointed about something

SYNONYMS: Find the word in the right-hand column that could meaningfully replace one of the words on the left. Be careful, there are two extra words that you don’t need to use!

a) incessant (line 6)                                        1. communication

b) painstakingly (line 9)                                2. aboriginal

c) verbalisation (line 13)                               3. strong

d) tumultuous (line 18)                                 4. permanent

e) indigenous (line 31)                                  5. concise

f) bemoan (line 82)                                       6. intense

g) laconic (line 87)                                        7. complain

……………………………………………………………8. happily

……………………………………………………………9. hardly

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