Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cultural Literacy: Abbreviation 

My definition – a shortened version  Real definition – according to Webster’s, an abbreviation is  “a shortened form of a written word or phrase used in place of the whole word or phrase”

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Cultural Literacy: Abominable Snowman

My definition: the only thing I know about this is from the claymation movie “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.  The abominable snowman was a ferocious creature that lived in the snowy mountains. Real definition: abominable snowman is another name for the … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Abolitionism

My definition – the movement to end slavery in the US. I remember the William Lloyd Garrison was a prominent abolitionist.  Real definition – it is a movement to end slavery (in general – not strictly in the US)

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2.4.17

“Engage” is my word for this year. I was engaged today in peaceful protest. I found the sign in the background (it’s the National Museum of American Jewish History) especially fitting.  My favorite chant of the day was “This is … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Abandon hope, all ye who enter here. 

My definition – I think this was on the entrance to the arena as the gladiators entered.  Real definition – I was totally wrong. According to Dante’s Divine Comedy, this was inscribed on the gates of Hell. 

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Cultural Literacy: Aaron, Hank

My definition – baseball player; first black player in major leagues? Real definition – black MLB player who started in the MLB in 1954.  He broke Babe Ruth’s home run record  in 1974.  He was the object of racist letters … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: 1914-1918

My definition – the first world war, begun in 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand Real definition – WWI, begun with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 and ending with the signing of the armistice in 1918

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