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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Aug
26
2013

approach

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

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noun
definition 1:  the act of coming or drawing near.
example:  The approach of a fox woke the chickens.

definition 2:  means or method of dealing with something.
example:  The new principal’s approach to discipline appears to be successful.
example:  Since she was failing tests, the teacher suggested she try a different approach to studying.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun approach (definition 2)

approach + PREPOSITION:

  • ~ to (e.g, the professor’s approach to teaching, different approaches to the same problem, the playwright’s unique approach to comedy, the researcher’s approach to the analysis of her data)

ADJECTIVE + approach:   new ~ , different ~ , innovative ~ , fresh ~ ,  novel ~ , flexible ~ , positive ~ , alternative ~ , integrated ~ , structured ~ , systematic ~ , traditional ~ , practical ~ , pragmatic ~ , interdisciplinary ~ , common ~ , strategic ~ , collaborative ~ , consistent ~ ,  clever ~ , proactive ~ , holistic ~ ,  multidisciplinary ~ , methodological ~ , theoretical ~ , creative ~ , inclusive ~

VERB + approach:     have ~ , use ~ , adopt ~ , take ~ (e.g., Our views are not so different, but we take a different approach to finding solutions) , develop ~ (They’ve developed their own approach to teaching basic math), base (e.g., They base their approach to healing on a holistic philosophy), require ~ (e.g., The problem seems to require a fresh approach) , implement ~ , advocate ~ , promote ~, prefer ~ , explore ~ , suggest ~, model (e.g., They model their approach on one recently developed in Europe)

approach + VERB:     ~ allows , ~ enables , ~ ensures, ~ involves, ~ uses, ~ requires,  ~ fails, ~ succeeds, ~ combines, ~ focuses, ~ assumes, ~ relies, ~ eliminates, ~ suggests