Vocablet of the Day: Quantitative

How would you describe the health of the oceans?  Poor?  Worsening?  Not that bad?  73%?  If that last one is confusing, read on….

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How clean is your coastline?  Rather than rely on vague descriptions, the Ocean Health Index uses a clear-cut system based on a measurement relating to the amount or number of something rather than its quality.

Qualitative descriptions — that is, descriptions that rely on non-numerical characteristics, like color, degree, good vs bad, more vs less — are useful for some things, but they aren’t always enough.  Because numbers are concrete and easily measured, quantitative measures are often better for making direct comparisons.  The Ocean Health Index allows countries to compare their quantitative scores to those of other countries, making it easy to see which countries need improvement in how they treat their coastlines.

Can you think of another example of a quantitative measure?  When would a qualitative measure be better than a quantitative one?

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Vocablet of the Day: Cram

Focus, dedication, long nights spent cramming: these are the keys to success in any school — even a school for pop stars.

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It’s not easy to become a star, as students at K-Pop schools know well.  Their nights are filled with long hours of studying a subject intensively — and that subject is pop.

While most students are busy filling their heads with math, history, and science, students at a different kind of school are cramming another kind of material: dance steps and catchy lyrics.  Students at K-Pop schools in South Korea want to be stars, and they’re willing to work hard to make their dream a reality.

Every student knows what it’s like to cram for hours.  What’s the longest amount of time you’ve ever spent cramming for an exam?

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Vocablet of the Day: Anomalous

For over sixty years, this triangular region of the Atlantic Ocean has claimed hundreds of ships in ways that cannot be explained… or has it?

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Ships can sink and airplanes can go missing at any time, but there’s one place on Earth that draws a suspicious number of disappearances that are strange and difficult to identify or classify: The Bermuda Triangle

The area of the Bermuda Triangle are not exactly defined, but it is generally said to exist between the tip of Florida, the Bermuda Islands, and Puerto Rico.  Most official organizations do not recognize the area, and some people say that many of the stories of anomalous disappearances and occurrences in the area are untrue.

Knowing the stories of the Bermuda Triangle, would you travel within it?  Or would you keep on the safe side, staying away from the whole region and its stories of anomalous, and fatal, incidences?

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Vocablet of the Day: Herald

The Earth is always moving, always changing, and people look to the cycle of the seasons to know what’s coming next.

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The leaves change color and fall off the trees to herald the coming of colder days.

Not every place in the world has distinct seasons.  But for those that do, people look out for the characteristic changes, like shorter days or colder temperatures, that signal the coming of the next season.

It’s autumn in the northern hemisphere, and the changing colors of the leaves on the trees are a sign that winter is coming.  Next year, many will eagerly await the flowers and new growth that herald the beginning of spring.

Even without seasons, there are signals that herald the next stage of the year, like holidays or changing patterns of stars in the sky.  What kinds of signs herald changes where you live?

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Vocablet of the Day: Quantitative

Environmental impact can be hard to measure, but the new Ocean Health Index might make things a bit simpler.

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How clean are the coasts in YOUR country?

There’s a new way for countries to measure how they treat the ocean — not just as “good” or “bad,” but expressible as a value.

The Ocean Health Index’s quantitative measure will give countries a numerical score of how they treat the ocean.  It is hoped that quantitative, comparable scores will encourage — or shame — low-scoring countries into cleaning up their oceanic act.

The quantitative-Ocean Health Index Vocablet highlights the new way that countries can see how well they treat their coasts, and see how much they need to improve.

Do you think that having a quantitative measurement will inspire nations to treat the oceans better?  How well do you think your country would score?  (I live in the United States, and we would probably score pretty low, sadly.)

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Vocablet of the Day: Delicacy

Trying out cheeses in Italy?  You might be surprised to learn how one of these celebrated local dishes is made.

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Sometimes, the strangest-seeming things can be delicious or highly prized items of food in other cultures.

What are these crawling things in my cheese?!

Casu Marzu, a signature cheese of Sardinia, Italy, is a delicacy that could gross out unsuspecting travelers.  The cheese is fermented and decomposing with the help of tiny maggots, making this unusual delicacy a gooey treat — for those who can stomach the idea.

The delicacy-Casu Marzu Vocablet highlights the unique Italian cheese that uses insect larvae to add a special texture that locals love.

Do you know of (or enjoy) any other strange — or kind of icky — delicacies?

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Vocablet of the Day: Ethic

As we celebrate Earth Day this week, let’s look at one of the ways the United States is attempting to inspire conservation efforts.

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In order to effect real environmental change, the United States is taking steps to create a new set of principles of right and wrong accepted by a group.

It is hoped that the new landmarks will ignite Americans’ love of their country’s natural wonders, creating an environmental ethic geared toward conservation.  Changing the public ethic about environmental issues is one way to deeply influence people’s behavior.

The ethic-America the Beautiful Vocablet highlights the efforts of the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to influence the public’s mind about the environment and instill an appreciation for nature.

Do you think this new ethic will take hold?  Or do more drastic steps need to be taken?

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