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rioting • alert • idiocy
unrest • injustice • squabble
  1. We are not in a fight; it's just a silly relationship .
  2. Election time calls for high for security.
  3. There are extra police at the concert to prevent .
  4. Nothing makes her more frustrated than for poor people.
  5. Governmental corruption causes a lot of civil for the citizens.
  6. This whole situation is just . It's almost comical.
Comprehension Quiz
Answer the following questions about the interview.

1202 Reasons for Riots
Todd talks about why some people have rioted in both America and Thailand.

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Have you ever experienced any rioting?

A 'riot' is public disorder or violent action that happens when a large group of people are unhappy about something and begin to take violent action. 'Riot' can also be used as a verb. Notice the following:

  1. There are many police on the streets during the festival to prevent riots.
  2. Did you see the rioting on the news?

high alert

Cities have to be on high alert if their team wins a championship.

An area, city or country is on high alert when they believe that something bad might happen and are prepared to take action. Notice the following:

  1. Airport security is on high alert right now, so make sure you arrive early.
  2. Is something wrong? You seem to be on high alert today.


It's absolute idiocy that fans get out of control.

An 'idiocy' is an action that is stupid or foolish. Notice the following:

  1. She is usually very careful, so an idiocy like this really surprises me.
  2. He was fired because of his persistent idiocies.

social unrest

Now riots are about social unrest.

There is 'social unrest' when people from a particular area are not satisfied or pleased with their situation or the actions of their government. Notice the following:

  1. With all of the changes in the government, there has been a lot of social unrest.
  2. Even though the war ended years ago, you can still see social unrest among the people.


There are also riots about social injustice for inner city people.

'Injustice' exists in places where people are not treated fairly or equally. Notice the following:

  1. It's amazing that people are aware of the injustice in their judicial system and can't do anything to change it.
  2. The problems with injustice that we have in this country are few compared to what people experience in other places.


It's like a family squabble, you might say.

When you 'squabble' with someone, you have a small, unimportant argument with him. Notice the following:

  1. We probably have squabbles about this same issue every week.
  2. You might say that we live close to Canada.