Monthly Archives: January 2013

sui generis

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

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Drinking the kool aid

“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

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omnipotent

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.

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and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Thomas Hobbes of Malmesbury (5 April 1588 – 4 December 1679), in some older texts Thomas Hobbs of Malmsbury,[1] was an English philosopher, best known today for his work on political philosophy. His 1651 book Leviathan established the foundation for … Continue reading

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Potemkin village

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

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German word of the day- “Ersatz”

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

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Those who ignore history are bound to repeat it.

  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

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