This vocabulary will mostly be about present-day vocabulary. That means words that are being used – or overly used – in the news, advertising or in popular music.
Some words are easy to understand in context. For example, Donald Trump uses the word tremendous frequently. It can mean very large, like an elephant, but he never talks about elephants and their plights. He uses it to mean very important, and he uses it a lot. He likes to use it not only as an adjective, but also as an adverb and sometimes even as a noun. For example, he claims he has tremendous celebrity status, and that was before he became president. Trump also uses the adverb tremendously, especially during his presidential campaign. “I’ll be reducing taxes tremendously from 35 percent to 15 percent”. There is also a noun that is rooted in tremendous, tremendousness, and it can be used to describe the degree that Trump admires Russia and Vladimir Putin, he believes in the tremendousness of both. For the sake of Planet Earth, we hope that Trump will not prove to be an untremendous (adjective) leader.