adjective: capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth
The mallard is a type of precocial bird that can often fly independently just 24 hours after hatching.
“Hares are like deer, horses and cattle in the sense that their offspring are precocial. They still have multiple offspring per pregnancy, but they are born fully furred with their eyes open.” — Bill Danielson, The Recorder (Greenfield, Massachusetts), June 26, 2014
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Precocial and its partner altricial are really for the birds. Well, at least they are often used to describe the young of our feathered friends. The chicks of precocial birds can see as soon as they hatch and generally have strong legs and a body covered with fine down. Those are attributes you would expect in birds described by the word precocial, which traces to the Latin precox, a term that means “precocious” or “early ripening” (yes, that root also gave us the word “precocious”). Ducks, geese, ostriches, pheasants, and quail are among the birds that hatch precocial offspring. Altricial chicks, on the other hand, are basically featherless and helpless at birth and require days or weeks of parental care before becoming independent.
“ Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t” – Jerry Rice
Many jobs are beneath some people to tackle. Some say they have no resources and never accomplish anything. If you have time, energy, and ingenuity, you have resources. Have you ever delivered newspapers for a living? That’s income. Have you ever thought of buying two used bicycles; one to ride and one to rent. That;s income. Be clever with your resources. You could have profit and fulfil your dreams of helping others in need. Will you accomplish what others can’t because you are willing to do what others won’t?
noun: an abnormal desire to eat substances (as chalk or ashes) not normally eaten
Some women suffer from pica during pregnancy.
“Pica is an eating disorder that makes you want to nibble on substances with no nutritional value. Sufferers crave washing powder, cigarette ash, dog food, soil, chalk, ice and raw rice, among other things.” — Shenaaz Jamal, The Times (South Africa), June 17, 2014
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In Latin, pica means “magpie.” The magpie bird is an opportunistic omnivore that characteristically eats just about anything. The eating disorder in which people are compelled to eat nonnutritious substances—such as ice, dirt, hair, or laundry starch—has since the 16th century taken its name from that bird of indiscriminate eating habits. Another pica dating back to the 16th century refers to a 12-point printing type. According to one theory, the name comes from a collection of church rules called “pica” whose close black print on white pages resembled the coloring of the magpie; however, no such collection printed in pica from the 16th century is known.
Such a Topic has been cliched by a number of our politicians in recent times. Many from Mr. Patrick Manning to the Former bumptious Sports Minister to the now AG have commented on this topic.
However, which character have really been targeted? Our self-absorbed politicians Or the foundation on which our dear country have been built? Why hasn’t this ‘Malicious’ attack been immobilize? Why are there expectedly continuous talks about gang violence, white collar crime or about the latest constitution reform scandal?
Our country has been at its lowest, hopeless state since God knows when. Moreover those that we have placed in charge are continuing with their grandstand towards its inevitable character assassination. Do we realise how tragically farcical we must appear to simple people in the Caribbean, far less to those whom we fawn to impress in Europe and North America?
I fear for the time when our ‘sweet’ T&T, will no longer be able to bear such a name. For a time when, what our forefathers worked tirelessly for will be in tatters due to our ego suffused leaders . We have ventured across all unacceptable boundaries, only time can tell where we’ll end.
noun: a word or look of derision or mockery
When Adam suggested that the firm’s partners do the work pro bono he half-expected to be hit with a collective fleer, but the others readily agreed.
“He expressed himself, of course, with eccentric abandon—it would have been impossible for him to do otherwise; but he was content to indicate his deepest feelings with a fleer.” — Lytton Strachey, Eminent Victorians, 1918
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Fleer first appeared in English as a verb (fleryen in Middle English) meaning “to laugh, grin, or grimace in a coarse manner.” The verb is of Scandinavian origin and is akin to the Norwegian flire, meaning “to giggle.” The noun fleer first and most famously appeared in William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, in which the evil Iago invites Othello to observe the signs of his wife’s unfaithfulness in the visage of her supposed lover, Cassio: “And mark the fleers, the gibes, and notable scorns / That dwell in every region of his face….”
noun1 : a vote given in deciding a disputed question or electing a person for an office or trust 2 : the right of voting; also : the exercise of such right
On August 26, 1920—42 years after such an amendment had first been introduced in Congress—the Nineteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution became law, finally granting women suffrage.
“The Clark Chateau, 321 W. Broadway St., is hosting an exhibit that celebrates the centennial of women’s suffrage in the state of Montana.” — Montana Standard, July 9, 2014
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Why would a 17th-century writer warn people that a chapel was only for “private or secret suffrages”? Because in addition to the meanings listed above, “suffrage” has been used since the 14th century to mean “prayer” (especially a prayer requesting divine help or intercession). So how did “suffrage” come to mean “a vote” or “the right to vote”? To answer that, we must look to the word’s Latin ancestor, “suffragium,” which can be translated as “vote,” “support,” or “prayer.” That term produced descendants in a number of languages, and English picked up its senses of “suffrage” from two different places. We took the “prayer” sense from a Middle French “suffragium” offspring that emphasized the word’s spiritual aspects, and we elected to adopt the “voting” senses directly from the original Latin.
adjective: tedious, wearisome
The operose volume offers up considerably more verbiage than useful information.
“But now competitors face an operose task: it is not enough that they know how to spell a tongue-twister, they should also know its meaning.” — Economic Times, April 16, 2013
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“Operose” comes from the Latin “operosus” (meaning “laborious,” “industrious,” or “painstaking”). That word combines the noun “oper-,” “opus,” which means “work,” with “-osus,” the Latin equivalent of the English “-ose” and “-ous” suffixes, meaning “full of” or “abounding in.” In its earliest uses, beginning in the mid-1500s, the word was used to describe people who are industrious or painstaking in their efforts. Within a little over 100 years, however, the word was being applied as it more commonly is today: to describe tasks and undertakings requiring much time and effort.