Words in the news: Week of Dec.11

Words in the news: Week of Dec.11

You have probably heard these news terms being discussed in the papers or on TV. Here is how to use them in English:

1. 整蠱 - pull a prank

Two Australian DJs pulled a prank on the hospital where Britain's Duchess of Cambridge was staying. They fooled a nurse into thinking she was speaking to Queen Elizabeth over Kate's morning sickness.

2. 安樂死 - euthanasia

Quadriplegic Tang Siu-pun died on Sunday from blood poisoning. He was involved in a high-profile appeal for euthanasia to be legalised in 2003.

3. 不信任動議 - no-confidence motion

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will face a vote of no-confidence over the illegal structures at his Peak home tomorrow. The motion has been initiated by the Democrats.

4. 公帑 - public expenditure

A historic factory in To Kwa Wan has been torn down. Only one wall is left standing. There are complaints that the government is not willing to use public expenditure to protect the building which is rated grade 3 in conservational value, the lowest in the grading system.

5. 尖子 - top students

Britain's Cambridge University has doubledthe number of scholarships to attract top students from around the world.

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