Vocablet of the Day: Debacle

There’s nothing worse than watching referees make bad calls when your favorite team is playing.  Unfortunately for NFL fans, that’s been happening far too often lately.

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Bad calls from temporary officials have led to frustration from players, coaches, and fans alike — turning every NFL game into a complete collapse or failure.

The NFL officials are on strike, which means there are substitutes taking their place.  The subs clearly don’t know what they’re doing, making bad calls and causing collective groans from football fans across the United States every Sunday.  When will the debacle end?

Remember the debacle when the player from Real Madrid dropped the Copa del Rey trophy in front of the team’s bus?  What other sports debacles can you remember?

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Vocablet of the Day: Spur

Soon, cigarette packs in the United States will boast large warnings and graphic images, like a pair of cancer-ridden lungs.  But will these methods get smokers to quit?

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The Food and Drug Administration in the United States is about to begin a new campaign to give an incentive or encouragement to smokers to quit.

Soon, cigarette packs in the U.S. will have warnings like these from the UK.

Starting in October, cigarette packages will be labeled with warnings about the dangers of smoking in an attempt to spur smokers to quit.  Hopefully, these highly visible warnings will  be more effective in spurring smokers to quit than other methods that are more easily ignored.

The spur-Cigarette Dangers Vocablet highlights a public health step that is overdue for the United States — placing strong warnings about cancer and other health risks on cigarette packages.

Do you think this kind of tactic will help spur smokers to quit?  Or will smokers simply ignore these warnings?

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