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: Proliferation

Today’s Vocablet features a photo that only seems ominous when you realize the story is reminiscent of that Hitchcock film, The Birds:

The proliferation (Parakeet Invasion) Vocablet is about the recent invasion of rose-ringed parakeets to London suburbs.  The birds are of African origin, and scientists don’t know what has caused their rapid increase in number, though they do agree that the birds could become a significant agricultural pest if their population cannot be controlled.

Related Words: reproductive, procreate

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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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Vocablet of the Day: Striated

Today’s vocablet features an intriguing planet whose marked surface and potential to house oceans is captivating scientists:

The striated (Europa) Vocablet is about Europa, one of the many moons of Jupiter and one of the celestial bodies in our solar system most likely to be home to extraterrestrial life.  Liquid water is vital for all life as we know it, and though all of Europa’s surface is streaked, ridged ice, there may be liquid oceans underneath.

Related Words: variegated, slashed

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