Vocablet of the Day: Humility

Pope Francis was elected in March of 2013, and it didn’t take long for people to realize that there was something different about him.

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Pope Francis has gone a different way from previous popes, choosing to live more simply and with the quality or state of being humble.

Pope Francis' chair, on the right, shows his humility even in his new station.

In the past, popes have lived a life of luxury that comes with the highest position in the Catholic Church.  Pope Francis, demonstrating his humility, has chosen instead to keep his clothes simple and to live in the Vatican guesthouse rather than the large papal apartment.

Do you think Pope Francis’ humility makes a statement?  What kind?

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Vocablet of the Day: Shed Light On

What makes someone intelligent?  The way scientists are trying to find out might surprise you.

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Researchers who want to know more about the nature of genius are looking to make clear or supply additional information on the subject by going to the source — the brain of one of the world’s most brilliant minds.

When Einstein died in 1955, scientists knew his brain was special, so it was dissected and preserved.  Modern-day scientists are using new knowledge and techniques to analyze the brain in their attempts to shed light on the nature of genius.

Do you think that the physical brain has an effect on intelligence?  How else could scientists shed light on this complicated subject?

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Vocablet of the Day: Estranged

Making amends with family members is never easy, but when you’re a celebrity, constant attention from the media makes it that much harder.

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Relationships between family members can become strained for many reasons, sometimes to the point where you can’t even speak to each other and are no longer together with your loved one.

Lindsay Lohan, famously troubled actress, was estranged from her father for many years due to problems in their relationship.  When they tried to work things out, a media frenzy made the reconciliation overly public.

Are you estranged from any of your family members?  What kind of situation could cause you to become estranged from your parents or siblings?

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Vocablet of the Day: Departure

Charles de Gaulle Airport has hundreds of departures and arrivals every day — but one man’s departure took an exceptionally long time.

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Mehran Karimi Nasseri took his time with his act of leaving from Charles de Gaulle Airport — almost twenty years!

Sleeping in airports is usually not very comfortable.

Sometimes, with delayed flights, long waits, and even longer lines, it can feel like you live in the departure lounge of your local airport.  Mehran Karimi Nasseri, however, actually knows what it’s like, having made an airport his home from 1988 to 2006.  His final departure from that place must have been a huge relief!

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve waited in an airport’s departure terminal?

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Vocablet of the Day: No-frills

The behavior of the newly elected pope, Pope Francis, has caused some people to raise their eyebrows — from his recent act of including women in a ritual of foot-washing to his no-frills lifestyle.

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The newly elected pope, Pope Francis, does things a little differently than past popes.  His manner is less formal, and his lifestyle has been described as offering or providing only what is necessary.

Leaving behind the elaborately decorated clothing that other popes have worn, Pope Francis chooses a more no-frills style.  He has even decided to live in Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal apartments, preferring their simplicity.

I think Pope Francis’ no-frills lifestyle makes sense, reminding believers that faith and compassion are what’s important, not displays of wealth.  What do you think?  Is your own style more no-frills, or do you like a bit of flash and glamor?

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Vocablet of the Day: Canoodle

What’s that?  Two stars have been caught canoodling on camera?

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Celebrity gossip has always been popular, especially when it’s about two stars caught kissing and cuddling in an expression of love.

Celebrities who are known to be an item are often not shy about showing it, canoodling in public where their actions can be caught on camera by paparazzi.  But when there are rumors that a couple has split up, every touch is magnified: was that just a friendly touch, or something more?

In the United States, some amount of canoodling with your sweetheart in public is socially acceptable.  In other places, all PDA (public displays of affection) are frowned upon.  How do you feel about it?

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Vocablet of the Day: Frugal

It may be hard to believe, but even successful sports figures can have money problems.  The question is, how do they handle their new lifestyle?

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Facing a very real lack of money, Mike Tyson and his family have had to switch from their usual lavish living to a lifestyle characterized by avoiding waste and using money carefully.

Looking for sales when shopping is one way to be frugal.

The once-rich former boxer is now broke, relying on a more frugal way of living in order to get by.  Surprisingly, Tyson doesn’t miss the money and is happy living his new, frugal life with his wife and children.

Cooking meals at home instead of eating out is one way of saving money.  What other frugal tips do you know of?

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Vocablet of the Day: Elegant

Apple products are popular for more than just their cutting-edge technology — they’re also simple yet beautiful in design.

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Apple's elegant products encourage collectors to keep buying the newest model.

After Steve Jobs’ death, he was honored for his work with Apple, creating computers and other gadgets that were well-known for their quality of displaying effortless beauty and simplicity.

Jobs knew that making Apple products elegant in design as well as highly functional would draw more people to buy them.  Now, Apple’s elegant iPhones, iPods, and MacBooks are more than just technological devices, they are also aesthetically pleasing accessories.

The elegant-Steve Jobs Vocablet highlights the life work of Jobs, working to create elegant products using state-of-the-art technology unlike anything that anyone has seen before.

Do you use Apple products?  If you do, is their elegant design a reason that you chose them?  (I have an iPhone, and while I love all the stuff it can do, I also like how pretty it is.)

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Vocablet of the Day: Altercation

Pro wrestler Hulk Hogan can’t back down from a fight… even at his own wedding.

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Weddings are meant to be peaceful, happy events, but Hulk Hogan’s wedding took a dramatic turn when a member of his entourage got into a noisy heated situation or quarrel with a member of the paparazzi.

The altercation happened because the camera-holder was trying to snap pictures of Hogan’s big day.  No punches were thrown, however, so the altercation ended without violence.

The altercation-Hulk Hogan Wedding Vocablet highlights the drama possible when celebrity bodyguards and paparazzi clash.

Actor Johnny Depp once hit a member of the paparazzi with a wooden board.  What other celebrity-paparazzi altercations do you know of?

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Vocablet of the Day: Vicissitude

Do you have Bieber fever?  Are you a Belieber?  Or is this baby-faced pop star just another blip on the radar of musical trends through history?

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All purveyors of popular culture, no matter how talented, can be subject to changes of circumstances or fortune in their careers.

Many other teen pop stars, in spite of a brief rush of huge fame, have not weathered the vicissitudes of time, fading quietly from the public eye.  As tastes change and trends shift, even the biggest stars suffer the vicissitudes of a notoriously fickle public.

The vicissitude-Justin Bieber Vocablet highlights the uncertain future of this teen pop sensation, questioning whether his talent will be enough to see him through the changing tides of public opinion.

What musicians have succumbed to the vicissitudes of time?  Which have survived?

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