Monthly Archives: December 2011

Meanings: “Circumstances”

December 20, 2011 A colleague writes to others on a search committee, “Due to circumstances it sees unlikely that we will be able to set up interview conference calls during the first week in January.”  ‘Darn those pesky circumstances,’ was … Continue reading

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Meanings “Cauterize”

December 18, 2011 Not the commonest of words but quite a graphic one, “cauterize” comes from a Latin root meaning “to burn or brand with a hot iron.” What put me in mind of the word was this quotation from … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Occupy”

December 16, 2011 What will be this year’s Word of the Year?  According to Ben Zimmer, chair of the committee of the American Dialect Society that chooses the ADS “word of the year” (or WOTY), the odds on favorite is … Continue reading

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Student Loan Debt — Growth

December 15, 2011 Yes, it’s growing quickly.  Via the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and thinkprogress.org:

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The Proper Role of Trustees

December 15, 2011 An odd, interesting report is out recently from Public Agenda titled “Still on the Sidelines,” raising questions about whether the Trustees of colleges and universities are assertive enough in pressing for change. The Inside Higher Ed account … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Celebrate”

December 12, 2011 Two weeks less a day until Christmas.  Oh, those wacky Quakers could find ways to celebrate Christmas.

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Meanings: “Know”

December 9, 2011 Another four letter Anglo-Saxon word, this one with a splendid pedigree and range: know (v.) O.E. cnawan (class VII strong verb; past tense cneow, pp. cnawen), “to know, perceive; acknowledge, declare,” from P.Gmc. *knew- (cf. O.H.G. bi-chnaan, … Continue reading

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