VIP Class Notes (Raph)

Today we focused on:

we continued the discussion about drug policy and OTC advertising. Learned lots of new vocabulary.


Epidemic (n): 1-  the appearance of a particular disease in a large number of people at the same time. 2- a particular problem that seriously affects many people at the same time.
E.g.: There’s a flu epidemic currently happening in the city.
E.g.: The government is trying to solve the crime/unemployment epidemic.

PDA (n): 1- Public display of affection: something such as a kiss or loving touch that is given in public.
E.g.: A PDA from your parents is just embarrassing.
E.g.: I would hug you but I’m not into PDAs.

Affection (n): 1- a feeling of liking for a person or place.
E.g.: She felt lots of affection for the child.
E.g.: He had a deep affection for his aunt.

Taboo (n): 1- a subject, word, or action that is avoided for religious or social reasons.
E.g.: In this society there is a taboo on/against any sort of public display of affection.
E.g.: Betty Ford bravely broke the taboo and spoke out about her breast cancer.
E.g.: Discussing money has always been a social taboo in Britain.

Breastfeed (v/n): 1- to feed a baby mild directly from a mother’s breasts.
E.g.: She breastfed her baby for the entire first year of his life.
E.g.: Breastfeeding in public shouldn’t be a taboo.

Punitive (adj): 1- intended as a punishment.
E.g.: Countries are trying to move away from punitive drug policies.
E.g.: The UN has imposed punitive sanctions on the invading country.


Paternity:  /pəˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/

Maternity: /məˈtɝː.nə.t̬i/

Breastfeed: /ˈbrest.fiːd/

Alleviate: /əˈliː.vi.eɪt/

Opioid: /ˈoʊ.piˌɔɪd/

How Norway designed a more humane prison