Vocablet of the Day: Flagrant

Flagrant definition made memorable in VocabNetwork’s NFL Vocablet.  Today’s Vocablet features hard hits and questionable tactics.

Flagrant NFL Vocablet

Do you think there should be stronger penalties, like suspensions and fines, for conspicuously and outrageously reprehensible tackles?  Our flagrant (NFL) Vocablet highlights the issues the NFL must face in regulating a sport that is violent by nature.  How far should they go to ensure players don’t get seriously injured?

The NFL is serious about this.  ESPN has reported that three players were given huge fines totaling $175,000 for their overly aggressive and irresponsible hits.

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Vocablet of the Day: Posit

Today’s Vocablet features a macabre, and bizarre, story about the sudden demise of an Irish pensioner.

The posit (Spontaneous Combustion) Vocablet is about the mysterious death of an Irishman whose cause has been officially recorded as spontaneous combustion.  Many are skeptical about this explanation because spontaneous human combustion has never been proven as a real phenomenon, but others find the evidence convincing.

If you want to learn more, Gizmodo has an article on how spontaneous human combustion works, including information on the “wick effect” and a more likely explanation of how supposed spontaneous combustion victims actually died.

Related Words: conjecture, speculation

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Vocablet of the Day: Susceptible

Today’s Vocablet highlights an unseen biological change that works to make men better dads.

The susceptible (New Dads) Vocablet demonstrates that it’s not just moms who undergo a huge hormonal shift after the birth of a new baby.  Because newborns are so frail and feeble, new dads experience a drop in testosterone levels, making them less aggressive and more nurturing to their needy infants.

Scientific American, in response to the wide media attention this story has received, has posted an in-depth explanation of the study and its findings, as well as its implications for interpretations of human, and especially male, behavior in society.  It’s not just becoming a father, but taking an active role in childcare, that lowers testosterone in new dads.

Related Words: fragile,

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Vocablet of the Day: Circumvent

Today’s Vocablet looks at the surprising effect of social media sites like Twitter on mass organization and revolution.

The circumvent (Internet Influence) Vocablet is about the way that new revolutionaries, especially young people, are harnessing the power of the Internet to organize and mobilize movements for social change.  Even when governments try to block websites like Twitter, it doesn’t take long for technologically-savvy users to find a way around that obstacle and get their message out there.

However, new reports are emerging that question the real impact of Twitter on recent revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia.  While the number of tweets in those countries definitely increased during the revolutions, it’s hard to say exactly what impact they had.  Social movements are murky things.

Related Words: evade, bypass

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Vocablet of the Day: Emanate

Today’s Vocablet showcases an odd sort of organism with glow-in-the-dark properties.

The emanate (Glowing Mushroom) Vocablet is about a special type of fungi that, after dark, gives off a faint green light called “foxfire” or “fairy fire.”  The purpose of the light is unknown, though some scientists think it may be to attract insects to help spread spores, the same reason that some flowers are brightly colored.

One species of bioluminescent mushroom that hasn’t been seen since 1840 was recently discovered in Brazil.  The light emanating from this type of mushroom is so bright you can read a book by it!

Related words: generate, emission

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Vocablet of the Day: Decipher

Today’s Vocablet features a scientific look into how music can affect humans over the long term.

The decipher (Hearing Ability) Vocablet is about new research that shows that musicians are less likely to suffer from age-related hearing loss.  Scientists believe that the effort musicians apply to interpreting or identifying tones and notes in music helps to prevent the loss of tiny cells and hairs in the ear that are necessary for good hearing.

Related Words: discern

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Vocablet of the Day: Clout

Today’s Vocablet features a well-known politician and his penchant for somewhat shady operations:

The clout (Mayor Daley) Vocablet is about Richard M. Daley, mayor of Chicago for a record-breaking 22 years, from 1989 to 2011.  He is well known for the rumors of secretive dealings with the Mafia and for using special advantage or influence to get things accomplished.

Related words: prestige

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Vocablet of the Day: Hone

Today’s Vocablet features a snippet about how the Internet can bring people together at a time when they need community the most.

The hone (Health Online) Vocablet discusses the way that having a rare disease has made the online searching skills of sufferers more effective as they search for others who share their condition.  While advice from doctors, friends, and loved ones is still valuable, these people recognize that a different kind of relationship develops between people who are going through similar difficult experiences.

Related words: refine, enhance

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Vocablet of the Day: Incite

Today’s Vocablet features an eerie image to complement its dark subject matter.

The incite (Osama bin Laden) Vocablet is about the public reaction to the capture and death of Osama bin Laden.  While some argued that a lack of public distribution of bin Laden’s death photo would create doubts about his actual death, President Obama did not wish to provoke other extremists to strike back.

Related words: spur, galvanize

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Vocablet of the Day: Vain

Today’s Vocablet features a face you might recognize and a word that only she would proudly ascribe to herself:

The vain (Lady Gaga) is about Lady Gaga, that fabulous and unpredictable pop star who is well-known for her unconventional style and even wrote a song called “Vanity” about her pride in her appearance.

Related words: egocentric

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