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Cultural Literacy: Adonis

My definition – a Greek god know for his beauty Real definition – According to Greek Gods and Goddesses, “Adonis was the god of beauty and desire in Greek mythology.”  He was the son of Myrrha, who tricked her father Theias, … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Actuary

My definition – I’m not actually sure what an actuary does.  I think it has something to do with insurance, but I have the impression that it is a well paid, and is along the lines of an accountant. Real … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Acronym

  My definition – a mnemonic device that uses the first letter of each word in a phrase to create a new, memory-aiding word.  An example is SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus). Real definition – from Merriam-Webster, “a word (such … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Acculturation

My definition – I have no idea.  Perhaps acclimation to a new culture? Real definition – I wasn’t too far off.  Webster’s says: :  cultural modification of an individual, group, or people by adapting to or borrowing traits from another … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy: Absolute Zero

My definition – the point at which there is no atomic movement; -273° C Real definition – the theoretical temperature at which atoms stop moving; 0 Kelvin

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Cultural Literacy: Aberdeen

My definition – city in Scotland Real definition – a city on the eastern coast of Scotland

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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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