02 November 2009

Vocabulary In the News : 1 November 2009 – The Southtown Star (Tinley Park, Illinois)

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This unfortunate lady was robbed while mourning at her father’s gravesite. When you mourn, you feel extremely sad because someone has died.

Mrs. Koenig was another victim in a string of robberies by thieves who have the gall to steal from mourners who are paying their respects to loved ones. When we say that someone has the gall to do something, we say they have an attitude towards other people that shows a lack of respect or care for their needs.

Speaking of respect, to pay your respects means you honor someone by going to their funeral or visiting their grave. On All Saints’ Day on the 1st of November, many French pay their respects to deceased family members by visiting their graves. Unfortunately while paying her respects, Mrs. Koenig’s purse was snatched out of her vehicle in which her elderly mother was waiting. To snatch means to quickly steal something from someone.

To read more, go to http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1856344,110109cemetery.article

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