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Word of the Week: benediction

As in: “In the concert the audience receives both a type of benediction and a charge to take responsibility, as Santana sends forth the audience from this spiritual encounter to do good to each other and to the wider world beyond the confines of the shared experience” (Aponte, 2012, p.49). 

Aponte, E. D. (2012). Santo!: Varieties of Latino/a spirituality.  Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.

For definitions of benediction, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

September 15- October 15 is Latin American Heritage Month. For more books like this, check out the display on top of the reference collection shelves.

Word of the Week: oscillate

As in: “The brain practically floats inside the cavity of the skull and can move and oscillate freely, often impacting the inner surfaces of the skull bones during all forms of biomechanical loading” (Omalu, 2008, p.18).  

 Omalu, B. (2008). Play hard, die young: Football, dementia, depression and death Lodi, CA: Neo-Forenxis Books.  

 For definitions of oscillate, consult the Oxford English Dictionary 





Word of the Week: Doldrums

As in:

“The dictionary tells us that the yawn is an involuntary response to fatigue and boredom. If this is true, then nature spares no expense to shake our doldrums and make sure there is never a dull moment” (Vienne, 1998, p.44). 

Vienne, V. (1998). The Art of doing nothing: Simple ways to make time for yourself.  New York, NY: Clarkson Potter Publishers.

For definitions of doldrums, consult the Oxford English Dictionary

Word of the Week: Aleatoric

As in: “The aim of these experiments with aleatoric, nonintentional writing was not dismissing the author as such but surpassing the limits of creativity, overcoming personal perspectives by the intention and meaning of chance, nature, or in baroque the divine” (Simanowski, 2011, p.54).  

 Simanowski, R. (2011). Digital art and meaning: Reading kinetic poetry, text machines, mapping art, and interactive installations.  Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.  

 For definitions of aleatoric, consult the Oxford English Dictionary   



Word of the Week: Epistemological

As in: “And it doesn’t matter when the statement is made, never makes its/ cruel spin as it hunts down its dreaded fate. It must be quite attract-/ tive in the epistemological world, a being with dark, luminous eyes,/ the physique of a cat” (Harjo, 2002, p.143). 

Harjo, J. (2002). How we became human: New and selected poems: 1975-2001. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

For definitions of epistemological, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.




Word of the Week: Serendipitous

As in:  “American social movements often divide over the question of whether to pursue a slow, laborious, incremental approach that involves seemingly endless inconsequential local victories and unsavory compromises, or whether to stick to principle and hope for that serendipitous yet rare political opportunity in which bold, national action is possible” (Goss, 2009, p.147). 

Goss, K. A. (2009). Disarmed: The missing movement for gun control in America. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

For definitions of serendipitous, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.