Vocabulary: February 2016 ELP Newsletter

In the February 2016 issue of the English Language Program newsletter, several words are in bold. Here are the definitions for those words. Adapted from the linked sources shown after the definition.

Cemetery: An area used for graves or tombs.

Mausoleum: A small building in a cemetery where one or more people are buried.

Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cemetery?

A mausoleum at Allegheny Cemetery in Lawrenceville. Photo by: Faith Cotter, ELP Tutor


Victorian era: “The Victorian period formally begins in 1837 (the year Victoria became Queen in England) and ends in 1901 (the year of her death).”

Source: https://faculty.unlv.edu/kirschen/handouts/victorian.html

Memory place: Places people go to so that they can remember other people or important historic events or personal events.

Child prodigy: A person under the age of ten who is as talented as an adult in their work, or even more talented than an adult.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_prodigy

Principal dancer: A principal dancer is the most important dancer in a professional ballet company.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principal_dancer

En pointe: A ballet position where the dancer stands on the ends of the toes while wearing special ballet shoes. The shoes, called pointe shoes or toe shoes, make it look like the dancer is on the very tips of her toes.

Source: http://www.pbt.org/community-engagement/point-pointe-shoes

Source: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pointe

Words to Live By:

Let’s put words into action during our time in Pittsburgh. Some of the definitions on this list are from ballet. If you are interested in going back to dance class, or if you are interested in starting dance classes, Pittsburgh offers a lot of affordable ballet classes for the adult student. And both women and men can join in!

The following places offer drop-in ballet classes. “Drop-in” means that you can come whenever you want.

Point Park University
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
PearlArts Dance Studio

Note: As of February 2016, PearlArts is offering a ballet class every Monday night. Please call for more information.

Happy reading, and happy dancing!

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