This word lives too close to my home. It is a word made up of parts of two other words: secretary and text.
|Definition: A person’s sidekick who texts for the driver.
Louie never drives and texts. He has his own textretary to send messages.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood
And fired the shot heard round the world.
The foe long since in silence slept;
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And Time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When, like our sires, our sons are gone.
Spirit, that made those heroes dare
To die, and leave their children free,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
No one has a better claim than Ralph Waldo Emerson to being the central figure in the whole history of American literature. All artists distill influences from the past to become, themselves, influences on the future, but in Emerson’s case the affiliations reach farther back and farther forward and more generally and consequentially in both directions. He inherits, for example, the inwardness of his Puritan ancestors—their struggle to adjust their lives and the world itself to an order above nature, their fear of losing touch with the immanence of the divine, and even their contempt for formalism in religion and their belief that each particular self is at last the only scene of regeneration. Emerson’s nineteenth-century reformation of such seventeenth-century motives was decisively influential on poets such as Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Wallace Stevens. His presence and example were deeply felt in American philosophy, religion, music, and education, both during his lifetime and into the twentieth century…
The majority of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s papers–including letters, journals, literary manuscripts, and personal account books–are deposited in the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association collection at the Houghton Library at Harvard University.
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The word, salvific, is not used much anymore, yet it is a word that was used in eons passed when the secular population was more concerned with the condition of their souls, than the condition of their latest tattoo upon their body. The word itself was suggested by Ralph Waldo Emerson in his Concord Hymn. Enjoy!
|sal·vif·ic (sl-vfk)adj. Having the intention or power to bring about salvation or redemption: “the doctrine that only a perfect male form can incarnate God fully and be salvific” (Rita N. Brock).|
First use: 1757
First use: 1850
First use: circa 1940
First use: 1954
I couldn’t let this article pass without comment. This is a subject that needs to be studied, not just palmed off as irrelevant. The same people calling for cursive’s (in my day it was longhand) demise are nothing more than counter- cultural. These people, and some educators, are part of the problem with functional illiteracy. I don’t want to preach, but the excuses are poppy-cock. Anyway, here is the article.
Is cursive writing dead?
A single sentence, uttered in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin, has catapulted an issue into the national spotlight.
When asked if she could read a letter in court, witness Rachel Jeantel, her head bowed, murmured with embarrassment,
“I don’t read cursive,”
according to court testimony.
Is it any surprise that cursive — the looped, curvaceous style of handwriting that’s been a mainstay of education for generations — is all but dead? [
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“Cursive should be allowed to die. In fact, it’s already dying, despite having been taught for decades,” Morgan Polikoff, assistant professor of education at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education, told The New York Times.
“Very small proportions of adults use cursive for their day-to-day writing,” Polikoff said. “Much of our communication is done on a keyboard, and the rest is done with print.”
The recently established Common Core State Standards, the standardized educational benchmarks for U.S. public schools, omit cursive as a requirement. Some states, including Indiana and Hawaii, had dropped cursive from their curricula in favor of keyboard proficiency as early as 2011.
“I think it’s important to have nice handwriting, but the importance of having to learn two kinds of handwriting seems unnecessary given the vast method of communication is on a keyboard,” Polikoff told the
Los Angeles Times.
Carrying the cursive torch
Nonetheless, cursive has its aficionados, who note that many historical documents will be illegible if people can’t read or write in cursive.
“Cursive writing is a long-held cultural tradition in this country and should continue to be taught; not just for the sake of tradition, but also to preserve the history of our nation,” Jimmy Bryant, director of archives and special collections at the University of Central Arkansas, told The New York Times.
Others claim cursive is important because it’s faster and more efficient than printed writing.
“It’s not calligraphy. It’s functional,” Suzanne Asherson of Handwriting Without Tears, a handwriting program for teachers, told the Los Angeles Times. “When a child knows the mechanics of forming letters in cursive, they can better focus on their content.”
Handwriting Without Tears advocates a simpler method of cursive writing, minus all the curls, loops and other decorative flourishes.
Writing in general, regardless of whether it’s cursive, may also boost brain activity, according to a 2010 study finding that preschool students who wrote out letters rather than just viewing them showed changes in brain activity when they later viewed those letters. “Coupled with other work from our lab, we interpret this as the motor system augmenting visual processing,” said study researcher Karin Harman James of Indiana University in a statement. “In the case of learning letters, printing helps children recognize letters.”
Higher test scores?
Anderson points critics to a recent study by the College Board, which found that SAT test essays written in cursive received a slightly higher score than those written in printed letters.
But Polikoff and others aren’t impressed. The College Board study “is not evidence of anything,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “It doesn’t indicate that the knowledge of cursive causes higher scores.”
“As we have done with the abacus and the slide rule, it is time to retire the teaching of cursive,” Polikoff told The New York Times. “The writing is on the wall.”
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1 a : tending to overwhelm : overpowering
b : decisively important : dominant
2 : harshly and haughtily arrogant
synonyms see proud over·bear·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb
Examples: the overbearing problem in our nation’s schools the doctor’s overbearing attitude is resented by nurses and patients alike.
First use: 1614
Synonyms: arch, big, capital, cardinal, central, chief, dominant, first, grand, great, greatest, highest, key, leading, main, master, number one (also No. 1), numero uno, foremost, overmastering, overriding, paramount, predominant, preeminent, premier, primal, primary, principal, prior, sovereign (also sovran), supreme.
Antonyms: last, least
Source: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary online
: a word (as NATO, radar, or laser) formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term; also : an abbreviation (as FBI) formed from initial letters : initialism
— ac·ro·nym·ic ˌa-krə-ˈni-mik adjective
— ac·ro·nym·i·cal·ly -mi-k(ə-)lē adverb
acr- + -onym
First Known Use: 1943
We were recently talking at home, and the worem>spielcame up. My husband said it came from the German language. I looked it up in my Merriam-Webster Dictionary app, and sure enough he was right. It is a reminder that the English language is full of borrowed words from others.
1 : to play music 2 : to talk volubly or extravagantly transitive verb
: to utter, express, or describevolubly or extravagantly
Origin: German spielen to play, from Old High German spilōn; akin to Old English spilian to revel.
First use: 1870
noun : a voluble line of often extravagant talk : pitch
First use: 1896