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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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May
01
2013

discuss

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

dih skuhs

transitive verb
definition:  to talk together about; confer on.
example:  We discussed plans for the new building at the meeting today.
example:  Let’s discuss this matter further before we make a decision.
example:  These are some of the topics we’ll be discussing in class this semester.
example:  We discussed redecorating the apartment, but we never made a decision.


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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the transitive verb “discuss”

discuss + NOUN:    ~ issue,  ~ matter,  ~ problem,  ~option,  ~ proposal,   ~idea,   ~concern,  ~question,   ~plan,  ~need, ~possibility,  ~implications,  ~aspect,  ~findings,  ~situation,  ~merit,  ~future,  ~role,  ~concept

discuss + ADVERB:  ~briefly (e.g., discuss the matter briefly),  ~in detail,  ~at length,  ~ in depth, ~ further (e.g., We’ll discuss the issue further at our next meeting),  ~seriously,  ~publicly, ~critically,  ~extensively,  ~openly

Grammar Note

The verb “discuss” is followed directly by a noun phrase, as in “discuss the matter,”  “discuss the problem.”  The idea of “about” (as in “talk about”) is already included in the meaning of “discuss,” so it is not correct to say “discuss about something.”  Also, when a verb follows “discuss,” it takes its -ing form to become a noun.  That’s why in the example above, we say “discussed redecorating,” not “discussed to redecorate.”