haircutThis story by Ring Lardner shows how can be used to point out problems in society. A small town barber talks about a dead customer who he says “had a kind heart, but just liked to have fun with people.” We hope you can see that the man was not kind at all!

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(n: satire, noncount) A way of using humor (through irony, sarcasm, ridicule, etc.) to show that someone or something is foolish, weak, bad, etc. 7000

(n: affair pl affairs) 1. A matter that concerns or involves a particular person or thing. 2. Work or activities done or to be done for a purpose. Business/financial affairs. 3. A secret sexual relationship between two people; a love affair. 2000

barber(n: barber pl barbers) A person whose job it is to cut men's hair, shave their beards etc. 6000

circus(n: circus pl circuses) A traveling show that is often performed with performances by acrobats, clowns and trained animals etc. 4000

cologne(n: cologne pl colognes) A scented liquid made of alcohol and various oils with a pleasing smell which people put on their skin; a kind of light perfume that does not have a strong smell. 11000

(n: coroner pl coroners) A public official whose job is to find out the cause of death when people die in accidents or in sudden, unexpected ways. 10000

crazy(adj: crazy, crazier, craziest) 1. Mentally ill; affected with madness or insanity. 2. Very foolish or unreasonable. 3000

cuckoo(n: cuckoo pl cuckoos) 1. A slang word for a foolish or mentally ill person. 2. A type of bird that lays its eggs in the nests of other birds and that has a call that sounds like its name. 8000

disabled(adj: disabled) Having a physical or mental disability; unable to perform one or more natural activities such as walking or seeing because of illness, injury, etc. 2000

divorce(v: divorce, divorces, divorced, divorcing)) To legally end your marriage with (your husband or wife). 3000

goods(n: goods, plural) Products that are made or grown in order to be sold; things for sale. 2000

lumber(n: lumber, noncount) Wood that has been sawed and cut for building things. 3000
(n: lumberyard pl lumberyards) A place where lumber is stored and sold. 6000

melon(n: melon pl melons) A large, round, sweet, juicy fruit that has a hard skin and many seeds. 9000

mug(n: mug pl mugs) A large usually tall drinking cup, often having straight or nearly straight sides. 3000

(n: nerve pl nerves) 1. One of the many thin cords which carry messages between all parts of the body and the brain. 2. Courage that allows you to do something that is dangerous, difficult, or frightening. 3. The rude attitude of someone who says or does things that make other people angry or upset [in which case you might say 'What a nerve!' when talking to or about them]. 2000
(phrasal verb: lose your nerve) To become afraid to do or try something.

outsmart(v: outsmart, outsmarts, outsmarted, outsmarting) To defeat or trick (someone) by being more intelligent or clever than they are.

(v: resist, resists, resisted, resisting) To be able to stop yourself doing something that you want to do. 2000

revenge(n: revenge, noncount) The act of doing something to hurt someone because that person did something that hurt you. 5000

rush(v: rush rushes, rushed, rushing) To move or do something very quickly or in a way that shows you are in a hurry. 2000

(n: sake pl sakes) The benefit or interest of someone or something. Used in phrases with 'for' to say that something is done to help a particular person or thing (e.g. We must do it for the sake of our country).
(interj) Used in phrases with 'for' to express anger, annoyance, surprise, etc. (e.g. For God's sake! For goodness sake! For Heaven's sake! ) 2000

(adj: sensible) Having or showing good reasoning or judgment. 2000

spit(v: spit, spits, spat, spitting) To force something [such as food or liquid] from your mouth. (ถ่มน้ำลาย) 3000

starve(v: starve, starves, starved, starving) To suffer or die from lack of food : to suffer great hunger. (อดอาหาร) 3000

tailor(n: tailor pl tailors) A person who makes men's clothes [such as suits, jackets, shirts] that are specially made to fit a particular person. (ช่างตัดเสื้อ) 5000

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