Vocablet of the Day: Renewable

American football is known for being many things — competitive, brutal, exhilarating… and environmentally friendly?

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More and more organizations are moving toward environmental friendliness, choosing energy sources that are not permanently depleted when used.  The NFL is no exception.

Solar panels capture the sun's energy for us to use -- the ultimate renewable resource.

Harnessing sources of renewable energy, like solar and wind power, is one of the biggest ways to “go green.”  The NFL is trying to do its part for the environment by choosing these energy sources to power major sporting events.

Wind and solar power are only two sources of renewable energy.  Do you know of any others?  What would be an example of non-renewable energy?

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Vocablet of the Day: Frugal

It may be hard to believe, but even successful sports figures can have money problems.  The question is, how do they handle their new lifestyle?

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Facing a very real lack of money, Mike Tyson and his family have had to switch from their usual lavish living to a lifestyle characterized by avoiding waste and using money carefully.

Looking for sales when shopping is one way to be frugal.

The once-rich former boxer is now broke, relying on a more frugal way of living in order to get by.  Surprisingly, Tyson doesn’t miss the money and is happy living his new, frugal life with his wife and children.

Cooking meals at home instead of eating out is one way of saving money.  What other frugal tips do you know of?

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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: Tautology

It’s vitally important to be concise and to the point in language, avoiding and eschewing unnecessary repetition and redundancy.  (If you think that sentence has something wrong with it, read on to find out why!)

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Clear language requires using as few words as possible to get your meaning across, avoiding needless saying of the same thing twice in different words.

'Prepay' means 'to pay in advance.' This sign is twice as long as it needs to be because it contains a tautology!

What do you think an ‘action sport’ would be?  Don’t all sports, by definition, involve action?  That’s why the term ‘action sports’ is a tautology — the same idea is expressed in the word ‘sports’ by itself.

“Short summary” and “necessary requirement” are two more examples of needlessly saying the same thing in different words.  Can you think of any others?  How many can you find in this post’s first sentence?

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Vocablet of the Day: Convene

This year, the Olympic Games fall during the month of Ramadan, when many Muslims fast during the day.  What does this mean for Muslim athletes?

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With athletes of all cultures and beliefs participating in the Olympics, the issue of Ramadan coinciding with the Games is important enough to call together a committee specifically to discuss it.

I have to wonder why the International Olympics Committee didn’t convene a council about  this problem in the months before the Games began.  Still, it’s good that a group was convened to talk about this important problem.

The convene-Muslim Athletes Vocablet highlights the unfortunate scheduling problem of Ramadan and the Olympics occurring at the same time, and what is being done about it.

How do you think Olympic officials should handle this?  Is convening a committee enough?

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Vocablet of the Day: Traverse

Parkour: the sport that has people climbing the walls — literally!

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Will the feats of parkour experts help you remember that traverse means traveling across and through?

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That practitioner of parkour traversed the urban landscape with ease.  The traverse-Parkour Vocablet highlights an amazing world-wide sport that is all about traveling across and through an area in the most efficient way possible.

Would you ever try to traverse an area in the style of parkour?  Do you think this qualifies as an extreme sport?

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Vocablet of the Day: Flagrant

Flagrant definition made memorable in VocabNetwork’s NFL Vocablet.  Today’s Vocablet features hard hits and questionable tactics.

Flagrant NFL Vocablet

Do you think there should be stronger penalties, like suspensions and fines, for conspicuously and outrageously reprehensible tackles?  Our flagrant (NFL) Vocablet highlights the issues the NFL must face in regulating a sport that is violent by nature.  How far should they go to ensure players don’t get seriously injured?

The NFL is serious about this.  ESPN has reported that three players were given huge fines totaling $175,000 for their overly aggressive and irresponsible hits.

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Have you experienced an outrageous, flagrant attack?  outside of football?  Describe a situation and help make the meaning of ‘flagrant’ memorable for us all.