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  1. May 2021
  2. Mar 2021
    1. ossifying

      :become rigid or fixed in attitude or position; cease developing.

      "our political system has ossified"

    2. proliferation

      rapid multiplication of parts or the increase in the number of something. Nuclear proliferation is a rapid increase of nuclear weapons. The proliferation of any living thing will often create an overpopulation problem and cause an environmental imbalance.

    3. panoply

      an extensive or impressive collection.

  3. Feb 2021
  4. Jan 2021
    1. Ever since the election, it has been incessant.

      incessant: continuing without pause or interruption.

    2. For the past four years, there has been a tendency in some quarters to downplay Trump’s incendiary rhetoric.

      incendiary: tending to stir up conflict.

    3. There was a report of a woman being shot in the chest inside the Capitol building, and of multiple police officers being seriously injured in the melee.

      melee: A melee or pell-mell is disorganized hand-to-hand combat in battles fought at abnormally close range with little central control once it starts.

    1. Many had lost jobs, or even loved ones, and many more were isolated at home and mired in the unpredictability and uncontrollability of this novel coronavirus, searching for answers in 24-hour news, fake news, social media and increasingly polarised political discourse.

      Mired: involve someone or something in (a difficult situation).

    2. Scaffolding would be critical to help our young adult students gain a sufficient foothold before looking directly at the ultimate questions.
      1. scaffolding: a system of scaffolds
      2. scaffolding: : a system or framework of support provided by an instructor to help a student reach the next level of learning
    3. rather to create a safe and supportive environment for the client to explore their existential conundrums and, in so doing, work through their symptoms to develop their own answers to life’s ultimate questions.

      1.conundrums: an intricate and difficult problem 2.conundrums: a question or problem having only a conjectural answer.

    4. Perhaps counterintuitively, the existential therapist’s goal is not necessarily to decrease anxiety or depression,

      counterintuitive: contrary to what one would intuitively expect

    5. Yet another avoids existential isolation by blindly conforming to their ingroup and denigrating or attacking the other.

      Denigrate: criticize unfairly; disparage.

    1. But the saga illustrates governments’ desire to inoculate their own citizens quickly, and their worries that there won’t be enough vaccine to go round.

      1.inoculate: to introduce immunologically active material (such as an antibody or antigen) into especially in order to treat or prevent a disease 2.inoculate: to introduce something into the mind of

    2. But there was a catch: according to Adar Poonawalla, the boss of the Serum Institute of India, the largest vaccine manufacturer in the world, approval of the Astrazeneca-Oxford vaccine was contingent on the company not exporting any doses abroad for several months in order to prioritise vulnerable Indians, 300m of whom the country hopes to vaccinate by July.

      1.contingent: dependent on or conditioned by something else.

      2.contingent: a representative group : DELEGATION, DETACHMENT

      3.contingent: intended for use in circumstances not completely foreseen

    1. That means enforcing interoperability, so that, for example, payments services on one e-commerce platform can be used seamlessly on a rival one.

      interoperability: (of computer systems or software) able to exchange and make use of information.

    2. Yet however safe and siloed Western e-retailing may appear to be, it is now unlikely that it will become the world’s dominant mode of shopping.

      Siloed: A system, process, department, etc. that operates in isolation from others.

    3. Many leading e-commerce firms in South-East Asia (Grab and Sea), India (Jio), and Latin America (Mercado Libre) are influenced by the Chinese strategy of offering a “super-app” with a cornucopia of services from noodle delivery to financial services.

      cornucopia: An abundant supply of good things of a specified kind.

    4. Point and click are passé: online-shopping platforms in China now blend digital payments, group deals, social media, gaming, instant messaging, short-form videos and live-streaming celebrities.

      passe: a thing of the past

    5. And China is also at the frontier of regulation, with the news on December 24th that trustbusters were investigating Alibaba, co-founded by Jack Ma, China’s most celebrated tycoon, and until a few weeks ago its most valuable listed firm.

      trustbuster:a person or organization that works to prevent illegal arrangements between companies

    6. Workers at a handful of firms, including Amazon and Walmart, have made superhuman efforts to fulfil online orders, and their investors have made supernormal profits as Wall Street has bid up their shares on euphoria that Western retailing is at the cutting edge.

      Euphoria ( /juːˈfɔːriə/ ( listen)) is the experience (or affect) of pleasure or excitement and intense feelings of well-being and happiness. Certain natural rewards and social activities, such as aerobic exercise, laughter, listening to or making music, and dancing, can induce a state of euphoria.