sa buh TUR
(the “a” is like the “a” in “apple”)
Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about a saboteur, the saboteur, or saboteurs.)
When you sabotage something, you’re damaging it or completely messing it up on purpose. A saboteur is a person who does this: someone who damages something or completely messes it up on purpose.
How to use it:
Talk about someone being a saboteur: “The boss turned out to be the saboteur,” “She was the saboteur all along,” “Fight back against your saboteur,” “These saboteurs will be punished,” etc. Figuratively, you can call a thing a saboteur, as in “These strawberry milkshakes will be the saboteur of my diet.”
The saboteur, whoever it was, had left the rats’ cage doors open and lured them out with bits of cake and fruit.
The school administration bitterly viewed the oldest teachers as saboteurs of progress who refused to try new methods in the classroom.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "saboteur" means when you can explain it without saying "ruin" or "mess up."
Think of the last time you were having a lot of fun when it suddenly got ruined, and fill in the blanks: “The saboteur of _____ was _____.”
Example: “The saboteur of the weekend with my friends was the realization that I had piles of tedious homework waiting for me.”
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "guess the common word based on the given literal root meanings." Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. It can be fun and illuminating to see the literal meanings of words when they came into the language! More than one right answer might be possible in some cases, just so you know. Also, it's okay if you can't come up with most or even any of the answers on your own; just check out the solutions and you'll learn the roots as you go along this month.
"over" + "take" = ?
Try this one today:
"a pricking" + "related to" = ?
A Point Well Made:
Neil DeGrasse Tyson: “No one is dumb who is curious. The people who don’t ask questions remain clueless throughout their lives.”
1. The opposite of SABOTEUR is
2. The saboteur silently sneaked into the mansion and _____.
A. stole the diamond jewelry.
B. listened in on the residents' private conversations.
C. sprayed red paint all over the artwork that was to be displayed the next day.
Answers are below.
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