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Word of the Week – June 18, 2022

Esemplastic

[es-em-PLAS-tik]

Adjective

Greek, early 19th century

Molding into one; unifying.

While constructed from Greek root, this word was coined by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, likely from the German “ineinsbildung,” meaning “forming into one.” The word “esemplastic” can be traced back to a singular source: English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In his 1817 autobiography, “Biographia Literaria,” he formed the word by combining the Greek phrase “es hen,” meaning “into one,” with “plastic.” This fulfilled his desire for a term that depicted the imagination’s ability to meld vastly different experiences into a unified form — such as crafting various sensations, images, and experiences into a poem.

Example: I always try to relay my work experience to potential employers in an esemplastic manner.

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Political Cartoon of the Week – June 18, 2022

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Video of the Week – June 18, 2022

Sen. Rand Paul kept interrupting Dr. Anthony Fauci over the veracity of COVID booster shots for children and teenagers and royalty payments to National Institutes of Health associates.

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Tweet of the Week – June 18, 2022

Harry Litman

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Worst Quotes of the Week – June 18, 2022

“Look, maybe if we heard more prayers from leaders of this country instead of taking God’s name in vain, we wouldn’t have the mass killings like we didn’t have before prayer was eliminated from school.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, about the Uvalde massacre

“If I lost one of my children I’d be pretty devastated, especially in a way that is so senseless and seemingly has no purpose.  I think … I would just have to say, if I had the opportunity to talk to the people I’d have to say, look, there’s always a plan.  I believe God always has a plan.  Life is short no matter what it is.  And certainly, we’re not going to make sense of, you know, a young child being shot and killed way before their life expectancy.”

Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General, to radio host Trey Graham, about the Uvalde massacre

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Best Quotes of the Week – June 18, 2022

“Donald Trump knew before the election that the counting of those mail-in ballots in several states would not begin until late in the day, and would not be complete for multiple days. This was expected, reported and widely known.  You will also hear testimony that President Trump rejected the advice of his campaign experts on election night, and instead followed the course recommended by an apparently inebriated Rudy Giuliani to just claim that he won.”

Rep. Liz Cheney, during the January 6 hearings

“No one should fear going to a nightclub for fear that a terrorist might try to take them down.  No one should fear loving who they love.  Our children in Texas and Florida should not fear who they are.  We should not have to be dealing with 300 laws in states around our country that are attacking our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters.”

Vice-President Kamala Harris, during a queer pride festival in Washington, D.C.

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In Memoriam – Internet Explorer, 1996-2022

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Word of the Week – June 11, 2022

Eudaemonism

[yoo-DEE-mə-niz-əm]

Noun

Greek, early 19th century

A system of ethics that bases moral value on the likelihood of actions producing happiness.

“Eudaemonism” entered English in the 19th century from the Greek “εὐδαιμονία,” meaning happiness, with the suffix “-ism” to indicate a system of belief or practice.  “Eudaemonism” is based on the Greek term “eudaemonia,” introduced by Aristotle.  Aristotle’s “eudaemonia” described the positive condition of doing and living well.  It was not, in fact, a synonym for happiness, but rather it described a greater state of positive existence, which combined wisdom, contemplation, virtue, and other beneficial attributes for personal success.

Example: Through all the anxiety and drama, I detected a true sense of eudaemonism in viewing the opening session of the January 6 Committee hearings.

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Political Cartoon of the Week – June 11, 2022

Khalil Bendib

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Most Frightening Quote of the Week – June 11, 2022

“In the coming months, we expect the threat environment to become more dynamic as several high-profile events could be exploited to justify acts of violence against a range of possible targets.”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in a bulletin released June 8, warning about a potential increase in extremist violence fueled by recent mass shootings, including the massacre in Uvalde last month; an expected Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights; and November’s midterm elections

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