The secret to living longer may be your social life | Susan Pinker

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


To pique someone's interest is to cause them to become interested in something. When you pique someone's interest, you get them excited about something.

  • The photographer piqued the journalist's interest by showing her some of the photos.
  • The designer piqued the customer's interest by showing her some of the designs.

When you are wary, you are cautious and you are worried. You are probably feeling wary because you don't know what is going to happen.

  • She was feeling wary because she didn't know who the intruder was.
  • He was feeling wary because he didn't know who he could trust.

A sourpuss is a person who is usually unhappy and frowns a lot. They are usually not very happy or friendly.

  • She's such a sourpuss, she doesn't even want to go to the party.
  • He's such a sourpuss, he won't even let us help him with his project.

The lifespan of a species is the number of years that a particular species is expected to live.

  • The lifespan of a human is about 80 years.
  • The lifespan of a mosquito is about two weeks.

A barkeeper is someone who works in a bar. They are usually responsible for preparing and serving drinks, and they usually have a lot of responsibility.

  • The barkeeper was very angry when the patron didn't tip.
  • The barkeeper was very happy when the patron tipped well.

To quip is to say a joke or to make a witty remark. When someone quips, they are trying to make their comments feel light and fun.

  • He quipped about the weather being terrible, just to make a joke.
  • She quipped about how she was going to kill him, just to make a joke.

To conflate two things is to mix them together. Sometimes this is done accidentally, but sometimes it's done on purpose to confuse or mislead people.

  • The politician conflated the two groups and tried to make them look bad.
  • The journalist conflated the two groups and tried to make them look good.

When people are loners, they are not very social. They may not feel comfortable around other people, and they may not enjoy being around people.

  • The loner was the only person in the room.
  • The loner was the only person in the library.
  • The loner was the only person in the city.