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Word of the Day, 4/13/11

Posted by ccasc on April 12, 2011

Vacillate

[vas-uh-leyt] (v.) to waver in mind or opinion; to be indecisive or irresolute.

*From the Latin vacillare, meaning “to waver between two opinions or courses.”

“It seems to me that the problem with diaries, and the reason that most of them are so bring, is that every day we vacillate between examining our hangnails and speculating on cosmic order.”

~Ann Beattie

 

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Word of the Day 4/12/11

Posted by ccasc on April 11, 2011

Cunning

[kuhn-ing] (adj.) artfully subtle or shrewd; crafty; sly

*From the 14th c. cunnen, meaning “to know.”

“Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.”

~Sappho

 

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Word of the Day – 4/11/11

Posted by ccasc on April 10, 2011

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Word of the Day:

Euphemism
[yoo-fuh-miz-uhm] (n.) the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive, harsh, or blunt.

*From eu-, meaning “good” and pheme, meaning “speaking.”

“Euphemisms are unpleasant truths wearing diplomatic cologne.”

~Quentin Crisp

 

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Word of the Day–04/8/11

Posted by ccasc on April 8, 2011

ad hominem

[ad hom-uh-nuhm] (adj.) appealing to one’s prejudices, emotions, or specific interest rather than to one’s
intellect or reason.

* From the from the Latin, meaning “to the man.”

“The lawyer’s ad hominem attack had misled him to misjudge the man’s
character.”

~brought to you by Dr. Rapoport’s former Reading 110 student, Dawntrell Wilson

 

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Word of the Day – 4/7/2011

Posted by ccasc on April 7, 2011

Farce
[fahrs] (n.) foolish show; mockery, a ridiculous sham.

*From the late 14th century meaning “force-meat, stuffing.”

“It is a farce to call any being virtuous whose virtues do not result from the exercise of its own reason.”

~Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

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Word of the Day–04/06/2011

Posted by ccasc on April 6, 2011

Enunciate

[ih-nuhn-see-eyt] (v.) to utter or pronounce especially in an articulate or particular manner.

*From the Latin enuntiare, meaning “speak out, say, express, assert; divulge, disclose, reveal, betray.”

“It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.”

~Florence Nightingale

 

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Word of the Day – 4/5/2011

Posted by ccasc on April 5, 2011

Apotheosis
[uh-poth-ee-oh-sis; ap-uh-thee-uh-sis](n.)
the ideal example; epitome; quintessence.

From the Greek apotheoun, meaning “deify, make (someone) a god.”

“Terrible and sublime thought, that every moment is supreme for some man or woman, every hour the apotheosis of some passion.”

~Gloria Steinem

 

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April 4th, 2011: Pacifist

Posted by ccasc on April 4, 2011

Pacifist

[pas-uh-fist](n.) a person who believes in pacifism or is opposed to war or to violence.

From the Latin pacificus, meaning “peaceful, peace-making.”

“From pacifist to terrorist, each person condemns
violence—and then adds one cherished case in which it may be justified.”

~Gloria Steinem

 

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Word of the Day–4/1/2011

Posted by ccasc on April 1, 2011

Palpable

[pal-puh-buhl] (adj.) capable of being touched or felt; tangible.

* From the from Late Latin palpabilis, meaning “that may be touched or felt.”

“Her palpable sadness wasn’t so obvious to her dimwitted boyfriend.”

~brought to you by Dr. Rapoport’s former Reading 110 student,
Dawntrell Wilson

 

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3/31/11: Deleterious

Posted by ccasc on March 31, 2011

Deleterious

[del-i-teer-ee-uhs

(adj.) injurious to health; harmful.

*from the Greek deleterious, meaning “noxious”

“Tis pity wine should be so deleterious, for tea and coffee leave us much more serious.”

~Lord Byron

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