How to spot a pyramid scheme - Stacie Bosley

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To funnel something is to send it down a narrow channel or pipe. When water is funneled down a storm drain, it helps to prevent flooding.

  • The fire was funneled down the stairs by the firefighters.
  • The protesters were funneled into the police line by the riot police.

Exponentially means that the rate at which something is increasing is increasing. The growth of a company, for example, is exponential.

  • The company is growing exponentially, which is why their profits are increasing so much.
  • The population is growing exponentially, which is why the city is becoming so crowded.

A joiner is someone who is very good at working together. They are usually very good at getting along with other people, and they are usually very good at working together as a team.

  • The joiners were able to fix the pipe quickly and without any problems.
  • The joiners were able to build a very strong bridge in a short amount of time.

To gift something is to give it to someone as a present. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of helping someone out by doing something for them without expecting anything in return.

  • She gifted her old car to her friend.
  • He gifted his new book to his friend.

Hazy means unclear or misty. When the weather is hazy, it's difficult to see things clearly.

  • The weather is becoming increasingly hazy.
  • The alcohol is causing the room to become increasingly hazy.

To capitalize a word is to put the letter "A" at the beginning of the word. This is done to make it easier to read.

  • The author capitalizes all of the words in the title of the book.
  • The president capitalizes all of the words in his speeches.

To profit is to make money. When you profit from something, you are able to earn a profit from it.

  • The company profited from the sale of the product.
  • The company profited from the increase in sales.

To entice someone is to try to persuade them to do something by offering them something that they want or need. Sometimes the thing that you're offering is free, but often it's more expensive.

  • The company is using enticements to try to get people to buy their products.
  • The salesman was trying to entice the customer with free samples.

When you are wary, you are cautious and you are watchful. You are probably not very happy about the situation, and you are not sure what is going to happen next.

  • He was wary of the dog, and kept his distance.
  • She was wary of the person who was following her, and kept her guard up.