Taxonomy

Is It 'Astrology' or 'Astronomy'?

The English language can often feel like it's been put together with the explicit goal of creating confusion, rather than facilitating communication. …

Etymology

Definition of CLOTURE

Democratic obstruction against nominees is nearly total, most notably including a demand for <i>cloture</i> filings for every nominee—no matter how minor the …

Etymology

Galaxy Brain: 10 Words for Deep Thoughts

To <i>muse</i> is to ponder or to think, and since the Muses are the source of inspiration for poetry, art, comedy, music, and dance in ancient Greek …

Etymology

A global atlas of the dominant bacteria found in soil

You are currently viewing the abstract.<p>View Full Text<p>Log in to view the full text<p>via AAAS login<p>AAAS login provides access to <i>Science</i> for AAAS members, …

Biology

Asthma Mortality Among Persons Aged 15–64 Years, by Industry and Occupation — United States, 1999–2016

In 2015, an estimated 18.4 million U.S. adults had current asthma, and 3,396 adult asthma deaths were reported (1). An estimated 11%–21% of asthma …

Public Health

Is It 'Hurtle' or 'Hurdle'?

Indistinguishable in speech, the words <i>hurtle</i> and <i>hurdle</i> can be a confusing pair. Here's the scoop on both.<p>Only <i>hurdle</i> is a noun. The word …

Etymology

A mini-guide to Italian slang

Forget the classic “<i>Buongiorno</i>” and “<i>Pizza</i>”, in order to impress Italians with your language skills you have to hit them right in their (regional) …

Language

How to teach children about death – through movies

Every filmmaker at Pixar has their signature moment: the one that comes up time and again in discussions of their work. For Lee Unkrich, it’s the time he threw Woody and Buzz Lightyear in the furnace. As the director of Toy Story 3, Unkrich is responsible for what was, at least until recently, the …

Lee Unkrich

Public School Assembly Tells Kids That Sex Changes Are Perfectly Normal

A Northern Virginia public school held a school-wide assembly before Christmas break featuring transgender crusader Amy Ellis Nutt.<p>George Mason High …

LGBTQ

homiletic

<b> Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2018 is:</b> <b>homiletic</b> • \hah-muh-LET-ik\ • <i>adjective</i><b><br>1 :</b> of, relating to, or resembling a homily<b>2 :</b> of …

Etymology

8 More Top-Shelf Drinking Words

<i>(Note: this is a sequel. A second round. Click here to read our first drinking list)</i>.<p><b>Definition</b> - partially inebriated<p>Sometimes you don’t want to say</i> …

Etymology

10 Words for 'Snow' : Onding

<b>Definition:</b> soft slushy mud or snow<p><i>Sposh</i> is thought to be a combination of the words <i>slush</i> and <i>posh</i>, but before you get overly excited about the new …

Etymology

What the latest data reveals about our passion for pornography – and its legality

The year has begun with Pornhub’s, now traditional, “Year in Review”, which details trends in the popular pornography site’s traffic. This includes a …

The Languid Story of 'Lackadaisical'

When we look at the histories of certain words the English language appears to be the result of hundreds of years of well-thought deliberation. How …

Etymology

How Perceptive of You: Words About Perception : Pareidolia

<b>:</b> the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)<p><i>Apophenia</i> was borrowed …

Etymology

Words We're Watching: 'Metal,' the Adjective

<i>Metal</i> is moving into new territory, as of late:<p>this scene was so metal he's like a 6'2 brick house and he's backing away like wounded animal from HER …

Etymology

Trending: Kim And Kanye Hired A 'Surrogate Mother'

<b>Update:</b> The word trended again on January 16th, 2018 following the birth of Kardashian and West's child.<p><i>Surrogate mother</i> was among our top lookups on …

Etymology

Definition of FAMISH

If you're truly <i>famished</i>, go for one of the all-day breakfasts.<p>British statesman John Montagu, who was the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was <i>famished</i> and …

Etymology

[D] What classification algorithms allow for time-series datasets?

In binary classification problems such as predicting probability of churn or probability of default, it makes sense to have a time-series dataset …

Data Science

Recent Federal Developments: January 2018

Article ByGovernment RegulationBergeson & Campbell, P.C.Regulatory Developments<b>TSCA/FIFRA/TRI</b> <b>“Resetting The TSCA Inventory: Why This Is Important,”</b> …

Law

The Sleepy History of 'Litter'

You've probably seen images of an Egyptian pharaoh, Chinese emperor, or Roman empress reclining in comfort on a curtained bed or couch mounted on …

Etymology

Where Did the Definition of Tact Come From?

It's best to use tact when dealing with touchy people, for reasons that are both etymological and practical. <i>Tact</i> comes from the Latin word that means …

Etymology

Can You Really 'Grow' the Economy?

Grammar and usage peeves, much like the meanings of words, shift and change in curious and unpredictable ways. Some, such as the notion that one …

Etymology

Here are the new UK porn laws coming into force in April 2018 - Cornwall Live

New porn laws are coming into force in April 2018 which are hoped will make it harder for children to stumble across explicit content.<p>The new rules, …

Censorship

Can you match these 18 countries to their flag? [QUIZ]

Quizzes<p>Photo: Pexels<p>Posted In<p>Quizzes<p>Be the first to comment<p>Trending now<p>20 signs you were definitely raised by Polish parents 9 easy languages for …

Trends

Research aims to predict algae blooms on lakes, rivers

TOLEDO, Ohio — There’s a whole network of satellites, underwater robots and scientific tools watching for toxic algae on Lake Erie. But when it comes …

Water

Gaming Disorder Is Here, And It’s A Good Thing - Here’s Why

https://burst.shopify.com/photos/games-and-pizza<p>Games and Pizza<p>Concern about addiction to video games, social media or smartphones seems everywhere …

Psychology

7 Uncommonly Doubled Letters

<i>E</i>'s and <i>o</i>'s get doubled in English regularly, but <i>a</i>'s typically do not. The words <i>aardvark</i> and <i>aardwolf</i> are two exceptions. Both come from early …

Etymology

Trending: Johnson: London Mayor A 'Popinjay'

<i>Popinjay</i> ruffled its feathers, cooed a few experimental notes of song, and then strutted its way to the top of our lookups on January 12th, 2018, on …

Etymology

'Crevice' and 'Crevasse': A Gap in Meaning

<i>Crevice</i> and <i>crevasse</i> are very similar words: they both derive from the Old French <i>crever</i>, a verb meaning "to break or burst," and both refer to an …

Etymology