Definition: (noun) A moral fable, especially one having animals or inanimate objects as characters. Synonyms: allegory, parable, fable. Usage: The minister liked to incorporate apologues into his sermons, thinking the moral tales about sly foxes and witty rabbits would appeal to the children in the congregation. Discuss …read more

Zombie Computers

A zombie computer, or zombie, is a computer attached to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker, computer virus, or trojan horse. Generally, a compromised machine is only one of many in a network of remotely controlled computers used to perform malicious tasks. Most owners of zombie computers are unaware that their systems […]

Poe’s law

Poe’s law is an Internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author’s intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers for sincere expressions of the parodied views. Source: Poe’s law – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


hubris n a great or foolish amount of pride or confidence Read More: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hubris


An allergy is an abnormally high sensitivity to an otherwise harmless foreign substance, or allergen, that leads to an exaggerated response of the natural immune defense mechanism. Allergens can be airborne substances, infectious agents, foods, contactants, or physical agents; and reactions can range from the relatively benign runny nose to severe inflammation, anaphylactic shock, and […]

Thomas Hardy

        The offhand decision of some commonplace mind high in office at a critical moment influences the course of events for a hundred years. Discuss …read more

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

“littered with malaprops” – Malapropism

mal·a·prop·ism n. Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.   A confused use of words in which an appropriate word is replaced by one with similar sound but ludicrously inappropriate meaning. The Free Dictionary – Malapropism

“3 men may keep a secret, provided 2 are dead” – Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin on conspiracy: “3 men may keep a secret, provided 2 are dead”.

E. M. Forster

As long as learning is connected with earning, as long as certain jobs can only be reached through exams, so long must we take this examination system seriously. If another ladder to employment was contrived, much so-called education would disappear, and no one would be a penny the stupider. …read more

Does that robin in your yard mean spring is in the air?

Not always – but most of us will smile at the sight anyway. A favorite of young and old alike for its vivid color and cheery song, the American robin is the state bird of Connecticut, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Cornell Lab of Ornithology We think of American Robins as harbingers of spring, so when we […]

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” Published (1830)

“Mary Had a Little Lamb” is a 19th century American nursery rhyme. It was written by Sarah Josepha Hale, who turned to writing in 1822 as a widow trying to support her family and who eventually became an influential editor and arbiter of American taste. Thomas Edison recited part of the poem to test his […]

“We’re not in Kansas anymore.”

Louisa May Alcott – definition of a philosopher

        My definition [of a philosopher] is of a man up in a balloon, with his family and friends holding the ropes which confine him to earth and trying to haul him down. Discuss …read more

This dish could use a ‘soupcon’ of salt.

‘Soupcon’ Definition: (noun) A very small amount; a trace. Synonyms: mite, tinge, jot, hint, pinch, speck, touch. Usage: This dish could use a soupcon of salt. …read more


A ziggurat is a pyramidal structure built in receding tiers upon a rectangular, oval, or square platform with a shrine at its summit. Access to the shrine is provided by a series of ramps located on one side of the temple or by a continuous spiral ramp. These temples—the earliest examples of which date to […]

“Guests and fish both start to stink after three days”-Benjamin Franklin

“Guests and fish both start to stink after three days”-Benjamin Franklin

Acheulean Tools

Acheulean tools are the stone hand axes, cleavers, and other core tools created by prehistoric hominins across Africa, Asia, and Europe during the Lower Paleolithic Period. These tools date from around 1.5 million to 150,000 years ago, and some believe their development represents the genesis of human art, economy, and social organization. Curiously, some sites […]


Onomatopoeia noun is a word which itself sounds like what the word means: Bang, crackle, zip, ha-ha, etc. Onomatopoeia Here is a HUGE list of ONOMATOPOEIC words used in complete sentences. You’ll love these original onomatopoeia examples. http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/figurative-language/poetic-devices/onomatopoeia-examples/


Disabuse verb Sounds like it has something to with stopping abuse, but really means to persuade someone to a view contrary to their own. Disabuse means to free someone of a belief that is not true. Many teachers of health find that when they teach, they spend as much energy disabusing kids of false beliefs as […]

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