3. A great white tagged near Jacksonville, Florida in March 2013 has traveled almost 20,000 miles in the last year.
"Dr Skomal said he was 'surprised' at the shark's behaviour, adding: 'White sharks may well have been crossing the Atlantic forever, but this is the first time we're actually able to observe it.'"
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4. An essay on a poem about Boyz II Men by Aracelis Girmay.
"For me, it happens most with early 90s R&B. It carries with it the beginning of my cusp years, the years of change when, subtly or blatantly, I came into contact with peers and faculty who did not know how to value my cultural references or center(s). Blindsided by this, it was the first time that I began to think I had come from nowhere (of great value), really. I eventually grew against and out of this feeling, but it was not without struggle and a sense of humiliation I could not name then. Part of the poem seeks to engage with Cooleyhighharmony, the Boyz II Men album, as a vehicle by which to fly into the memory."
5. In defense of the pronunciation, "nucular."
"Wasp used to be waps, bird used to be brid, and horse used to be hros. Remember this the next time you hear someone complaining about aks for ask or nucular for nuclear, or even perscription. It's called metathesis, and it's a very common, perfectly natural process."
Today's 1957 American English Usage Tip
atom, particle, corpuscle, molecule. All these words have at one time or other stood for the smallest unit of matter—whence have been derived more general usages. (Cf. He hasn't an tom [or particle] of sense.) Democritus is believed to have been the first to call the units of matter atoms—atomos meaning indivisible. In the 20th c., physicists divided the 'indivisible' into a number of smaller particles, such as electrons protons, neutrons, and so on. Atom continues to mean the smallest physical unit of matter of a specific kind—as an atom of hydrogen, oxygen, iron, uranium, &c. A molecule is the smallest chemical unit of a substance—the familiar matter with which everyone deals outside the physicists' laboratories (e.g. a molecule of hydrogen, the smallest unit that behaves like hydrogen in chemical reactions, has two atoms of hydrogen). While atom and molecule have acquired specific meanings, particle remains a general term, applied to the ultimate units of matter, such as electrons, and also, even in scientific usage, to any particular object—dust particle, virus particle, &c. Corpuscle is now an old-fashioned word seldom heard. A generation ago people still commonly talked of the red corpuscles of the blood, but now we speak of red cells.
This is my favorite usage tip in a long while. That last line: A generation ago. History is so close.
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I still say, 'hros,' but I'm a purist.