“Champertous Connivance”

“Champertous Connivance” https://prezi.com/gtpynv7y4xng/champertous-connivance/      

equivocate

Definition: (verb) To be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information. Synonyms: prevaricate, beat around the bush, palter, tergiversate. Usage: She was known for her tendency to equivocate, and many of her friends gave up on trying to discern her true opinions. …read more

The Tennis Court Oath (1789)

In the first days of the French Revolution, the deputies of the Third Estate were locked out of their usual meeting hall at Versailles. Believing that their newly formed National Assembly was to be disbanded, they met at a nearby tennis court and took an oath to not separate until a constitution was established for […]

Towers of Silence

According to Zoroastrian tradition, a dead body is unclean and must be disposed of in a safe manner. To prevent the pollution of earth or fire, dead bodies are placed atop a tower, where they are exposed to the sun and birds of prey. The towers are circular raised structures with nearly flat roofs that […]

“I don’t know.” – W. Somerset Maugham

It wasn’t until late in life that I discovered how easy it is to say “I don’t know.” Discuss …read more

retrograde

Definition: (adjective) Tending towards an earlier worse condition; declining or deteriorating. Synonyms: deteriorating, backward, regressive, retrogressive. Usage: It would be a retrograde step to revert to the old system. …read more

“Enjoy every sandwich” – Warren Zevon

Editor’s Note: Warren Zevon was dying from Mesothelioma at this time. ‘The amazing class and grace this man accepted over his fate was admirable. On his final appearance on David Letterman’s late night talk show, Letterman tactfully asked Zevon, knowing what he knows, what advice he could give. Zevon humbly answered, “Enjoy every sandwich”.’ Rick […]

comedo

Definition: (noun) A plug of keratin and sebum within a hair follicle that is blackened at the surface. Synonyms: blackhead. Usage: On the morning of the school dance, she was dismayed to discover a large comedo on her chin. Discuss …read more

Kilroy Was Here

“Kilroy was here” is an American popular culture expression that is believed to have originated during World War II, when a US shipyard worker began scrawling the phrase on ships he had inspected. US servicemen then took up the saying and began scrawling it all over the world, wherever they were stationed or encamped. The […]

bear the brunt

Put up with the worst of some bad circumstance, as in “It was the secretary who had to bear the brunt of the doctor’s anger.” Explore Dictionary.com Related Words for ‘bear the brunt’ withstand, brave, undergo, feel, tolerate, experience, face, weather, sustain, suffer, encounter, know, accustom, stomach, stick, support, brook, abide, countenance, stand

‘People get what they get. It has nothing to do with what they deserve’ – Dr.Gregory House (House M.D)

‘People get what they get. It has nothing to do with what they deserve’ -Dr.Gregory House (House M.D)

dovecote

Definition: (noun) A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons. Synonyms: columbary. Usage: They were not allowed to keep doves themselves, and when the swarms from my lord’s dovecote settled on their crops they must not lose their temper and kill a bird. …read more

“Yabba Dabba Doo”

Who: Fred Flintstone Where: The Flintstones – TV show Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flintstones

roustabout

Definition: (noun) A member of a ship’s crew who performs manual labor. Synonyms: deckhand. Usage: He worked as a roustabout on the Mississippi from the time he was a boy. …read more

“It’ll be alright!”

“It’ll be alright!” This was an old catch phrase I used to reassure people that what appeared to be a big mess was actually not anything to sweat in my book. It usually worked well!    

Olbers’s Paradox

If the universe is assumed to contain an infinite number of uniformly distributed luminous stars, then every point in the sky should be as bright as a star. So why is the sky dark at night? That is the question posed by Olbers’s paradox, named for astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers, who described it in 1823, […]

“North to the Future” Alaska’s Motto

“North to the Future” Where: Alaska What: state motto

The Palermo Stone

The Palermo stone is the largest known fragment of an ancient Egyptian stele containing the earliest extant historic annals. It was engraved around the 25th century BCE and includes a hieroglyphic listing of the kings of ancient Egypt, the years of their reigns, notations of historic events, and information pertaining to the flooding of the […]

A flute with no holes, is not a flute

Don’t be obsessed with your desires Danny. The Zen philosopher, Basho, once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes, is not a flute. A donut with no hole, is a Danish.’ He was a funny guy. – Ty Webb – Caddyshack (1980)

The juice is worth the squeeze

Knowing if something is worth the trouble of trying to get it, i.e. does the reward outweigh the punishment. “I’m not going to bother trying to ask her out. She’s still got a boyfriend, and the juice isn’t worth the squeeze.” “I’d rob a bank if I could. The juice is worth the squeeze.” The […]

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