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Community Comment archive for Jan. 1, 2013

FRIDAY, JAN. 11, 2013

Oscar the Oven Mitt

I love names. I give names to everything – my car, my cat, my kids, spiders, clothes, and oven mitts. Actually, it’s my Mom’s doing. She started it. When we were growing up, Mom acquired an oven mitt in the shape of an alligator (or…

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Words of the Day-- realia

Good morning, Netizens... January 11, 2013 Word of the Day realia \ree-AL-ee-uh\ DEFINITION noun plural : objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life especially of peoples studied EXAMPLES Among the realia used for the class's lesson on World War II…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 10, 2013

A Word A Day -- Apollonian

Good morning, Netizens... January 10, 2013 Word of the Day Apollonian \ap-uh-LOH-nee-un\ DEFINITION adjective 1 : of, relating to, or resembling the god Apollo 2 : harmonious, measured, ordered, or balanced in character EXAMPLES His paintings exhibit a stately and Apollonian elegance, but too often…

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Words of the Day -- buttonhole 

Good morning, Netizens... January 09, 2013 Words of the Day buttonhole \BUT-un-hohl\ DEFINITION verb : to detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of EXAMPLES I'm sorry I'm late. I was buttonholed by a coworker just as I…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 8, 2013

Word of the Day -- ramify

Good evening, Netizens... January 08, 2013 Word of the Day ramify \RAM-uh-fye\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to split up into branches or constituent parts 2 : to send forth branches or extensions 3 : to cause to branch EXAMPLES "The people of Rafadh had decisions…

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MONDAY, JAN. 7, 2013

A Word A Day -- pedagogical

January 07, 2013 Word of the Day pedagogical \ped-uh-GAH-jih-kul\ DEFINITION adjective : of, relating to, or befitting a teacher or education EXAMPLES New teachers will be evaluated on pedagogical skills such as lesson planning and classroom management. "The report suggests that the exam be multidimensional…

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SUNDAY, JAN. 6, 2013

A Word A Day -- quintessence

January 06, 2013 Word of the Day quintessence \kwin-TESS-unss\ DEFINITION noun 1 : the essence of a thing in its purest and most concentrated form 2 : the most typical example or representative EXAMPLES Roasting marshmallows over an open fire is the quintessence of the…

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SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2013

It was NOT a heart attack! 

Good morning, Netizens... Good morning, Netizens... Well, between Jeanie and I, we have been collectively wracking up our frequent flier miles with the health care system during the last six months, and to be honest about it, I am certain neither of us are having…

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A Word A Day -- imperturbable

Good morning Netizens... January 05, 2013 Word of the Day imperturbable \im-per-TER-buh-bul\ DEFINITION adjective : marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness : serene EXAMPLES The imperturbable pilot did not panic when her plane flew into an electrical storm. "But ZZ Top has always excelled…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

To Vaccinate or Not 

Recently, Yahoo reported on nurses being fired at an Indiana hospital for refusing to get vaccinated. ( I am in a position where I depend on my care givers to get vaccinated for the flu. I think that all care givers in hospitals and doctors'…

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A Word A Day -- doctrine of signatures

Good morning, Netizens... January 04, 2013 Word of the Day doctrine of signatures \DAHK-trun-uv-SIG-nuh-cherz\ DEFINITION noun : a theory in old natural philosophy: the outward appearance of a body signals its special properties (as of magic or healing virtue) and there is a relationship between…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 3, 2013

A Word A Day -- festoon

Good morning Netizens... January 03, 2013 Word of the Day festoon \fess-TOON\ DEFINITION noun 1 : a decorative chain or strip hanging between two points 2 : a carved, molded, or painted ornament representing a decorative chain EXAMPLES Festoons of colored paper were draped along…

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A Word A Day -- heliacal

Good morning, Netizens... January 02, 2013 Word of the Day heliacal \hih-LYE-uh-kul\ DEFINITION adjective : relating to or near the sun — used especially of the last setting of a star before and its first rising after invisibility due to conjunction with the sun's rising…

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No Resolution Necessary

The New Year has arrived!!! Hallelujah! I can honestly say, for 2012, Thank God That’s Over. And I mean, I pray thanks to God that this year is over. Not that I’ve had a bad year, mind you, but I believe I have walked through…

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TUESDAY, JAN. 1, 2013


Good morning, Netizens... Well, I've turned 67 years of age yesterday, and although I have answered less than half of the congratulations, I feel I have done more than my fair share of being responsible to everyone. However, since I cannot sleep for all the…

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A Word A Day -- hark back

Good morning, Netizens... January 01, 2013 Word of the Day hark back \HAHRK-BAK\ DEFINITION verb 1 : to turn back to an earlier topic or circumstance 2 : to go back to something as an origin or source EXAMPLES The restaurant's art deco interior harks…

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