Expand your vocabulary

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 February, 2006, 12:00am

The highlighted words have been chosen from the South China Morning Post's top news stories to help you improve your word power

Unemployed and low-income welfare recipients may no longer receive handouts indefinitely after a planned government review that could signal a major shift in welfare policy.

'They took all the money I had,' said Mr Lam as he left United Christian Hospital, where he was treated for head injuries. Despite his ordeal, he remained upbeat, saying 'I am content with my life'.

Led by Japan, most regional stock markets rose between 0.5 and 1.7 per cent as investment managers shifted liquid funds back towards risky assets.

Two squatters became instant paper millionaires yesterday when the Court of Final Appeal ruled they had extinguished the title of one of the city's leading property moguls over plots of land in Tai Po.

It has been widely accepted that, overall, the force did a decent job of policing the protests, which reached a peak of violence on December 17 when hundreds of Korean farmers laid siege to Wan Chai for 12 hours. However, it is understood that Mr Tang's management style has raised eyebrows.

The conciliatory moves come at a time of tension between Beijing and Tokyo over the suicide of a Japanese diplomat in Shanghai.

Worsening traffic congestion and rising home prices pushed Beijing off a list of the top 10 most liveable cities on the mainland last year, leaving room for smaller coastal cities to advance up the ladder.

Underground banking accounts for more than 28 per cent of new lending on the mainland, or about 800 billion yuan a year, according to a government-funded study.


handouts - money given by the government to poor people

upbeat - positive and confident

liquid funds - funds that are immediately transferable into cash

paper millionaires - those who have at least a million dollars in investments or other assets

raised eyebrows - caused concern or stirred controversy

conciliatory moves - attempts aimed at preventing trouble

most liveable cities - places with the highest quality of life; places that are ideal to live in

underground banking - illegal banking activity

Complete the sentences using the above words

1. _____________ services have been active across the border in recent years.

2. Hong Kong is one of the ___________________ in Asia.

3. Peter is making ______________ to improve his relationship with Jenny.

4. Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun's remarks on the suicides of two teachers ___________.

5. People without any income receive ___________ from the government every month.

6. Despite all the trouble she's been through, Mary continues to be __________ about life.

7. The company had enough _____________ to run for a year even if it kept losing money.

8. Internet companies spawned _________________ who suffered during the dotcom crash.

Answers: 1. Underground banking 2. most liveable cities 3. conciliatory moves 4. raised eyebrows 5. handouts 6. upbeat

7. liquid funds 8. paper millionaires