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Word of the Week: Zeitgeist

As in: “As a result, an enthusiastically positive ‘zeitgeist’ developed around Regan that not only blunted most of the sharp humor aimed at him but also insulated him personally from serious charges of wrongdoing, particularly with regard to the constitutional abuses of the Iran-contra scandal during his second term” (Robinson, 2010, p.207). 

Robinson, P. R. (2010). The dance of the comedians: The people, the president and the performance of political standup comedy in America. Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press.

For definitions of zeitgeist, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

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Word of the Week: Verisimilitude

As in: “Then, says Schopenhauer—and every lover will recognize the truth of this the unconscious ensures that its wishes are fulfilled in fantasy ‘with fairy-tales’, and it will deck these fairy tales out ‘so that they obtain an appearance of verisimilitude’”  (May, 2011, p.183)

May, S. (2011). Love: A History. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press

For definitions of verisimilitude, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.


Word of the Week: Cadre

As in: “Article after article described the emerging cadre of black pilots and officers integrated into the army, air force, and navy units as the vanguard of integration elsewhere in American life” (Phillips, 2012, p.146). 

Phillips, K. L. (2012). War! What is it good for?: Black freedom struggles & the U.S. military. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press.

For definitions of cadre, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.



Word of the Week: De jure

As in: “Once de jure segregation was established, African Americans and whites were not affected similarly by subsequent race-neutral policies” (Rothstein, 2017, p.188). 

Rothstein, R. (2017). The color of law: A forgotten history of how our government segregated America. New York, NY: Liveright Publishing Corporation.

For definitions of de jure, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.


You can find this and other books on display on the first floor in honor of Black History Month.



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

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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.