Word Up! Words of the Week for 4/4 – 4/8

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CONTAMINANT: n.

  1. n. Something that makes a place or a substance (such as water, air, or food) no longer suitable for use
  • Example:
    • Lead in the water in Flint Michigan is a prime example of a contaminant.

 

MODESTY: n.

  1. n. The quality of being free from vanity and boastfulness
  2. n. Decent behavior, speech, and forms of dress
  • Example:
    • In the spring, it is especially important that students remember the 7 B’s of modesty; don’t show any boxers, bras, backs, bellies, bottoms, bosoms, or bare shoulders.

 

GROSS PAY: n.

  1. n. The total of an employee’s regular salary including allowances, overtime, commissions, and bonuses, before deductions
  • Example:
    • The current average gross pay of a family doctor is $166,250.

 

NET PAY: n.

  1. n. The portion of an employee’s regular salary that the employee actually takes home after deductions and taxes
  • Example:
    • The current average net pay of a family doctor would be reduced by deductions and taxes by nearly $37,000 to $136,250.

 

ORGANIC: adj. n.

  1. adj. Characteristic of, or pertaining to living organisms;
  2. n. Naturally grown food or materials
  • Example:
    • Organic foods and materials made from all natural sources are the latest trend in local and global markets.