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Word of the Week: Genomics

As in: “Largely unheralded among the juggernauts of particle physics and genomics, countless little investigations using cheap, often home-made apparatus provide an unceasing flow of surprises about the world” (Ball, 2013, p.410). 

Ball, P. (2013). Curiosity: How science became interested in everything. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

For definitions of genomics, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.




Word of the Week: Caïque

As in:

“Nicholas’ marine influence spread throughout the Mediterranean, the Aegean, and the Adriatic, into the Black Sea and latterly across the oceans. Trading ships and caïques took his name or hung his icon in the cabin, honoring it with a burning lamp” (Seal, 2005, p.33).                                

Seal, J. (2005). Nicholas: The Epic journey from saint to Santa ClausNew York, NY: Bloomsbury Publishing.

For definitions of caïque, consult the Oxford English Dictionary

The Cardinal Cushing Library Staff wishes you a merry Christmas and a joyful holiday season. To celebrate by curling up with this book or others like it, visit our display on top of the reference shelves.


Word of the Week: Pluralist

As in:

“Chang identified himself  as a pluralist in his approach to human rights; he sought to bridge East and West, individual and collective approaches to human rights” (Normand & Zaidi, 2008, p.155). 

Normand, R. & Zaidi, S. (2008). Human rights at the UN: The political history of universal justice. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

For definitions of pluralist, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

December is National Human Rights month in commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

You can read more about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through Credo Reference.



Word of the Week: Outcropping

As in:

“We were a small outcropping of that great undersea world of the church that American Catholics, and non-Catholics, appreciate as the teeming environment where the church lives out the Word in deeds” (Campbell, 2015, p.135). 

Campbell, S. & Gibson, D. (2014). A nun on the bus: How all of us can create hope, change, and community. New York, NY: HarperOne.

For definitions of Outcropping, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.









Word of the Week: Kinship

As in:

“We identified the history and formation of urban American Indian communities, institutions, and families, where urban American Indians are grounded in place, kinship, ceremony, and purpose” (Martinez, Sage, Ono, Smith, & Nordstrand, 2016, p.154). 

Martinez, D., Sage, G., Ono, A., Smith, D. L., & Nordstrand, P. (2016). Urban American Indians: Reclaiming native space. Retrieved from

For definitions of kinship, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.





Word of the Week: Autonomy

As in:

“A long-term dream does not have to be realistic or even specific. It may reflect the desire to work in a particular field or to travel throughout the world. Maybe the dream is to have professional autonomy or a certain amount of free time.” (Sandberg & Scovell, 2013, p.55).

Sandberg, S., & Scovell, N. (2013). Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

For definitions of autonomy, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

Word of the Week: Stalwart

As in:

“It is difficult for modern Americans to fully understand the risks and sacrifices that Washington and the other Founders willingly accepted in order to mount a successful revolution. Today, a common perception of this epic struggle is that of a unified rebellion sweeping across 13 colonies with great spirit and boundless enthusiasm; a boisterous time of skirmishes, raids, and rallying cries during which most, if not all, of the period’s stalwart citizenry were active participants in the noble cause.” (Rees & Spignesi, 2007, p.39). 

Rees, J. C., & Spignesi, S. J. (2007). George Washington’s Leadership Lessons: What the Father of Our Country Can Teach Us About Effective Leadership and Character. Hoboken, N.J.: John Wiley & Sons.

For definitions of stalwart, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.




Word of the Week: Vanguard

As in: “Black World War II and Korean War veterans represented the vanguard of grassroots civil rights leadership in the war against white supremacy and social oppression during the 1950s and 1960s” (Cox, 2013, p.74).

Cox, M. S. (2013). Segregated soldiers: Military training at historically black colleges in the Jim Crow South. Retrieved from

For definitions of vanguard, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.



Word of the Week: Parochial

As in:

“Critics have hypothesized that the parochial contraction of horror fiction’s concerns in the post-war years was due to the war’s traumatizing revelation of a human capacity for evil that superseded any imaginable in supernatural fiction” (Dziemianowicz, 1999, p.201). 

Dziemianowicz, S. (1999).Contemporary Horror Fiction, 1950-1998. In Barron, N. (Ed.), Fantasy and horror: a Critical and historical guide to literature, illustration, film, TV, radio, and the internet (pp. 199-343). Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

For definitions of parochial, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.





Word of the Week: Burnous

As in:

“The moments leading up to the Orient Express’s departure for Europe are crammed especially full of exotic detail, as Lumet provides passersby in turbans, burnouses, fezzes, yarmulkes, and Chinese dress to mingle briefly with the stars”(Leitch, 2002, p. 178). 

Leitch, T. (2002). Crime films. Retrieved from

For definitions of burnous, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

For images of burnouses see Credo Reference.