Call Me By My Right Name

My cousin refers to himself as a “sanitary engineer” – a euphemism for garbage collector. There are any number of people who try to find more respectable or glamorous titles for the mundane job they hold. It may seem incongruous to call an undertaker a “condolence counselor,” or to refer to a taxi driver as …

The Pep Talk

“If there’s one thing I loathe,” the coach said, “it’s a quitter.” He had good reason to reprimand us at half-time, because the scoreboard revealed that we were losing 45-20. Our lackluster performance indicated to him that what we had forgotten the rudimentary aspects of basketball. His caustic remarks fired us up, however, and we …

Mullins Forced to Eat Humble Pie

Mullins Forced to Eat Humble Pie

The irate 80-year-old manager pressed charges against K.O. Mullins, suing him for assault. As tangible evidence of the attact, he pointed to a deep laceration over his eyebrow which had required ten stiches. When the case was brought before the court, the judge castigated Mullins for the sordid incident. In addition to a costly financial …

Mullins a K.O. Victim

When the bell sounded, K.O Mullins responded with alacrity. He sprang from his stool and charged across the ring, showing disdain for the champion’s strength. Although his belligerent attitude impressed the referee, it failed to intimidate the champ. That intrepid  battler laid the hapless  Mullins low with an adroit feint  and an uppercut. Alacrity – …

The Decline of Mullins

Mullins sought solace in whiskey. Once a highly-respected aspirant for the lighweight crown, he now found himself associating with the dregs of  Skid Row. He would work himself into an alcoholic frenzy in which he would trumpet scurrilous atttacks on the champ, the old manager, and the judge. One avid fan attribute Mullin’s absence from …

Mullins Throws Down the Gauntlet

The pugnacious K.O Mulllins demanded a rematch. He took a full-page newspaper advertisement to promulgate his challenge. When the champ’s manager saw the brash announcement, he accosted Mullins who was surrounded by a throng of newsmen. The manager openly scoffed at Mullins and belittled his fighting ability. Mullins then lost his temper and fearlessly punched …

You’ve Got To Be a Football Expert

As an avid football fan, I try to see every games the Jets play. Whenever I can cajole my father into accompanying me, I try to do so. He has only a rudimentary knowledge of the game, and since I am steeped in it, I enjoy explaining its intricate details to him. It certainly does …

If I had the Wings of an Angel

Casting a furtive glance over his shoulder, the felon slipped out the main prison gate to be swallow up in the Britsh fog. A plethora of escapes from supposedly secure prisons embarrassed the hapless wardens. To compound their problems, the officials were badgered by irate citizens who accused the guards of accepting bribes from convicts …

To The Point

Calvin Coolidge, our thirtied president, was named “Silent Cal” by reporters because of his laconic speech. One Sunday, after Mr. Coolidge had listened to an interminable sermon, a throng of newsmen gathered around him. An intrepid reporter accosted the Chief Executive: “Mr. President, we know that the sermon was on the topic of sin. What …

Roots of Mental Activity

For humans, an important part of life is our ability to think about and remember words, ideas, and experiences. The roots in this unit cover the important mental processes of thinking, believing, questioning, and remembering. Word List ment admonish menegur, menasihati comment komentar demented gila demonstrate mendemonstrasikan mental metal mention menyebutkan mindful sadar mindless tak …