Word of the day: 1/ 29/15

Word/ Term: Gaia's Revenge Definition: The Gaia hypothesis, also known as Gaia theory or Gaia principle, proposes that organisms interact with their inorganic surroundings on Earth to form a self-regulating, complex system that contributes to maintaining the conditions for life on the planet. I read it in Zadie Smith's NW and it was brought up during … Continue reading Word of the day: 1/ 29/15

Word of the day: 1/26/15- Pulchritude

Word: Pulchritude You pronounce it: [puhl-kri-tood, -tyood] Definition: noun 1. physical beauty; comeliness. I found it in Zadie Smith's White Teeth: Pulchritude--beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection. Works Cited: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pulchritude

Word of the day: 1/23/15

Word: Commensurate You pronounce it: [kuh-men-ser-it, -sher-] Definition: adjective 1) having the same measure; of equal extent or duration. 2) corresponding in amount, magnitude, or degree: Your paycheck should be commensurate with the amount of time worked. 3) proportionate; adequate. 4) having a common measure; commensurable. I heard it in class when the professor said, Zadie Smith's White Teeth … Continue reading Word of the day: 1/23/15

Word of the day: 1/22/15

Word: Synecdoche You pronounce it: [si-nek-duh-kee] (I know that second part looks like a bad word--at first glance, see I know what you are thinking!) Definition: noun, Rhetoric 1) a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the … Continue reading Word of the day: 1/22/15

Word of the day: 1/21/15

Word: Ungentrified Definition: Adjective. 1) Not having been gentrified. ¹ We must first search Gentrified Word: Gentrified Definition: Verb. 1) Renovate so as to make it conform to middle-class aspirations. "Gentrify the old center of town" 2) (transitive) to renovate something, especially housing, to make it more appealing to the middle classes ¹ 3) to renew … Continue reading Word of the day: 1/21/15

Quote of the day 1/21/15

“You are never stronger...than when you land on the other side of despair.” --Zadie Smith I have completed Zadie Smith's "White Teeth." It was a requirement for my current Experimental Fiction course. This book is the type of book that certainly needs to be read multiple times due to its dense saturation of underlying themes. … Continue reading Quote of the day 1/21/15