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dateline: 13 November 2019

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Cambridge Dictionary Announces “Upcycling” as Word of the Year

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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • discarded: thrown away; disposed of
  • awareness: knowledge or comprehension of a situation
  • blog: a website written by a person or group that discusses thoughts and experiences
  • shortlist: a list of people or things to be considered for a job, prize, or other final placement
  • ecosystem: a group of plants and animals that live together and interact
  • carbon dioxide: a compound gas that contributes to global warming

Cambridge Dictionary Announces “Upcycling” as Word of the Year

Cambridge Dictionary has declared “upcycling” as the 2019 Word of the Year. The word “upcycling” refers to the act of making new items out of old, discarded materials. “Upcycling” was first added to the in 2011, when the editors noticed an increase in Internet for the word. The number of searches has risen by 181 percent since then. Cambridge Dictionary’s publishers believe that the word’s is caused by people’s growing awareness of climate change and other environmental issues. Many of the words on the shortlist for Word of the Year were also related to change concerns, including “carbon sink” (a type of ecosystem that carbon dioxide) and “preservation” (the act of protecting something from being damaged).

Comprehension Questions

1. The editors of Cambridge Dictionary made "upcycling" an official word because

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The editors of Cambridge Dictionary made "upcycling" an official word because they noticed an increase in Internet searches for it.

2. Most of the words on the Word of the Year shortlist are related to

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Most of the words on the Word of the Year shortlist are related to climate change.

3. A carbon sink is

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A carbon sink is a type of ecosystem that absorbs carbon dioxide.

Discussion Question

Upcycling is one action people can take to help prevent climate change. What changes have you made in your life to help protect the environment?

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Cambridge Dictionary Announces “Upcycling” as Word of the Year

Cambridge Dictionary has declared “upcycling” as the 2019 Word of the Year. The word “upcycling” refers to the act of making new items out of old, discarded materials. “Upcycling” was first added to the dictionary in 2011, when the editors noticed an increase in Internet searches for the word. The number of searches has risen by 181 percent since then. Cambridge Dictionary’s publishers believe that the word’s popularity is caused by people’s growing awareness of climate change and other environmental issues. Many of the words on the shortlist for Word of the Year were also related to climate change concerns, including “carbon sink” (a type of ecosystem that absorbs carbon dioxide) and “preservation” (the act of protecting something from being damaged).

Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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