Monthly Archives: September 2010

Designer Brinner

“A contraction of the words breakfast and dinner, brinner is breakfast eaten at the time you usually eat dinner.” I enjoy eating brinner. As a kid, I definitely didn’t mind eating a giant bowl of Capt’n Crunch for dinner. I … Continue reading

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Hyperglycemia

“Hyperglycemia is a condition in which an excessive amount of glucose [sugar] circulates in the blood.” I have a horrible sweet tooth. As I type here, I am munching on some Tootsie Rolls I swiped from a friend’s desk. I’m … Continue reading

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Gasteracanth

“Gasteracanth, or the Orb-Weaver Spider, is the third-largest family of spiders after the Jumping and Sheath-Weaving spider families. Their common name is taken from the round shape of their webs.” We have three Orb-Weaver spiders living on the porch of … Continue reading

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Sinusitis

“Sinusitis is inflammation of the paranasal  sinuses, which may be due to infection, allergy, or autoimmune issues.” I’ve worked in a middle school in a moderate-sized suburb in SGPS for the last three years. As an educator, I knew part … Continue reading

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Etymologist

“An etymologist is someone who studies the origins and development of words, phrases, and other linguistic forms.” I know how to say butterfly in three languages: English, French, and Italian. In Italian, it’s farfalla; you might know the plural of … Continue reading

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Pumpkin is Actually a Fruit

“Pumpkin is a gourd-like squash of the genus Curcurbita… though considered a vegetable in cooking, botanically speaking, squash is a fruit (being the receptacle for the seeds).” In the Great Lakes State where I grew up, fall starts around this … Continue reading

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Choleric

“Easily angered, extremely irritable, hot-headed.” Chances are, you have a choleric person in your life. He’s the kind of person who get angry over everything, no matter how small. He shouts maniacally at inconsiderate drivers he encounters. He throws the TV remote … Continue reading

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