Monthly Archives: January 2013
sui ge·ner·is adjective \ˌsü-ˌī-ˈje-nə-rəs; ˌsü-ē-ˈje-, -ˈge-\ Definition of SUI GENERIS : constituting a class alone : unique, peculiar See sui generis defined for English-language learners » Examples of SUI GENERIS Origin of SUI GENERIS Latin, of its own kind … Continue reading
“Drinking the Kool-Aid” is a metaphor commonly used in the United States and Canada that refers to a person or group holding an unquestioned belief, argument, or philosophy without critical examination. The phrase typically carries a negative connotation when applied … Continue reading
1. almighty or infinite in power, as God. 2. having very great or unlimited authority or power. noun 3. an omnipotent being. 4. the Omnipotent, God.
Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury, was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for … Continue reading
Potemkin village The phrase Potemkin villages (an alternative spelling is Potyomkin villages, was originally used to describe a fake village, built only to impress. The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any … Continue reading
Ersatz means “substituting for, and typically inferior in quality to”, e.g. “chicory is ersatz coffee”. It is a German word literally meaning substitute or replacement The term ersatz gained international attention during World War I for at least two reasons. … Continue reading
The commonly used expression, “Those who ignore history are bound (or doomed) to repeat it” is actually a mis-quotation of the original text written by George Santayana, who, in his Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, … Continue reading