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complacent (kəm-plā-sənt) vs. complaisant (kəm-plā-sənt)

The squirrels were destroying our vegetable garden, but Coco remained complacent, completely unconcerned about what was happening outside.

Coco is always complaisant when she knows she will be rewarded with a treat for good behavior. 137 more words


syzygy (si-zə-jē)

Totality took several hours to occur.

Total solar eclipse of 2017 was an awe-inspiring event.

On August 21, 2017, millions of people in North America witnessed a total solar eclipse. 313 more words


Word Up Review

Word Up is a DVD containing ten lessons of common Greek and Latin root words and the English words we derive from them.  Each lesson lasts about twelve to fifteen minutes, covers one concept, and presents both the Greek and Latin word base word, and 10 English words that come from each. 222 more words


Terms of Venery (ve-nə-rē)

A murmuration of starlings (image from http://www.theguardian.com)

Ostentation of peacocks (image from Treknature.com)

Chattering of choughs (image from pinterest)

Congregation of plovers (image from caribbeanbirdingtrail.org) … 311 more words


The many folds of “complicit”

After Ivanka Trump told CBS that “I don’t know what it means to be complicit,” Merriam-Webster helped her out with its definition: “Helping to commit a crime or do wrong in some way.” The dictionary, whose lexicographical sick burns have been lighting up Twitter, observed that complicit also trended back in March, used by Saturday Night Live as the name of a perfume in parody of the president’s daughter. 379 more words


demiguise (demē-gīz)

A Demiguise is a peaceful beast, according to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by Newt Scamander. They are found in the Far East, however, it is difficult to spot them because of their ability to make themselves invisible when they feel threatened. 139 more words

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