Word of the Week: Affinity

March 24, 2015

As in: “Knowledge of the sport, its players and teams, and an affinity for sports in general or basketball specifically need not be present for an individual to reap a clear benefit and enjoyment from participating in the men’s bracket competition” (Markovits & Albertson, 2012, pp. 131-132).
Book Cover: Sportista
Markovits, A. S., & Albertson, E. K. (2012). Sportista: Female fandom in the United States. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

For definitions of affinity, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

To learn more about the March Madness, consult the Credo Reference Collection.

Word of the Week: Druid

March 16, 2015

As in: “The stories of Patrick’s battles with the Druids of King Loíguire are fiction, but they raise the serious question of what sort of religious opposition he faced in Ireland.”Book Cover: St. Patrick of Ireland

Freeman, P. (2005). St. Patrick of Ireland: A biography. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 94.

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Word of the Week: Galvanized

March 3, 2015

BookCover: Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa ParksAs in: “When her courageous stand galvanized a mass movement, she did what she could to cultivate and sustain it.” (Theoharis, 2013, p. 244)


Theoharis, J. (2013). The rebellious life of Mrs. Rosa Parks. Boston: Beacon Press.

Word of the Week: Eponymous

February 3, 2015

As in:  “The Dutch East India Company, founded in 1602, and its eponymous English imitator were the first true capitalist corporations, with their equity capital divided into tradable shares paying cash dividends at the discretion of their directors.”Book Cover: Civilization by Niall Ferguson

Ferguson, N. (2011). Civilization: The West and the rest. New York: Penguin Press, p.38.

Word of the Week: Irony

January 13, 2015

Book Cover The Other Blacklist: The African American Literacy and Cultural Left of the 1950sAs in:  “Langston Hughes spoke on ‘Writers: Black and White’ with a double-voiced irony and barely concealed bitterness that distanced him from his former militancy, perhaps the result of his earlier shakedown by McCarthy.”

Washington, M. H. (2014). The other blacklist: The African American literary and cultural left of the 1950s.  New York, NY: Columbia University Press, p. 241.

For more about irony see the Oxford English Dictionary and the Credo Reference e-book collection.

Holiday Greetings

December 18, 2014

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