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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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Feb
12
2014

common

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ka m@n

adjective
definition 1:  associated with all sides or with all members of a group.
example:  The political leaders claimed that they were working for the common good.

definition 2:  shared jointly.
example:  The two families use a common kitchen.
example:  During the war, the two countries fought side by side against their common enemy.
example:  We need to work together to achieve our common goal.
example:  He and I have a common interest in stamp collecting.

definition 3:  frequently seen or occurring.
example:  A sore throat and cough are common symptoms of a cold.
example:  It’s a dangerous curve, and accidents are common.

definition 4:  having or showing low breeding or behavior.
example:  They forbade their son, heir to the family title, to marry this “common” girl.
example:  She still considered it common for a woman to ride a horse like a man instead of riding sidesaddle.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective common (definition 2)

common + NOUN:    ~ cause (e.g., working toward a common cause), ~ ground,  ~ interest,  ~ goal,  ~ ancestor, ~ theme (e.g., three poems with a common theme) ~ thread

Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective common (definition 3)

common + NOUN:    ~ problem,  ~ occurrence, ~ practice, ~ symptom, ~ mistake, ~ problem, ~ sight, ~ feature