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    shaI st@r

    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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  • Vocabulary of the Day

    neI seI @r

    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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fraek shəs
1. inclined to be irritable and quarrelsome; cranky.
2. headstrong and hard to discipline; unruly.

Can you assign each quotation to the appropriate definition? (Answers on Monday)

A. “They talked and gossiped among themselves, strangers soon becoming friends, for the normally fractious and outspoken Londoners had forgotten their differences, at least for a day, united in a common purpose….” (Sharon Kay Penman, When Christ and His Saints Slept)

B. “Now there are two ways to ride a fractious horse,’ he explained to the Chicago engineers in 1901. “One is to get on him and learn by actual practice how each motion and trick my be best met; the other is to sit on a fence and watch the beast a while, and then retire to the house and at leisure figure out the best way of overcoming his jumps and kicks.” (Tom D. Crouch, The Bishop’s Boys: A Life of Wilbur and Orville Wright)