Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Resources for September 10, 2014

Wade, Lisa. "10 Things Every College Professor Hates." Business Insider (August 26, 2014)

Murray, Noel. "All That Jazz." The Dissolve (September 8, 2014)

Ehrlich, David. "Director’s Cut: Hirokazu Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son)." Film (January 15, 2014)

"FBI: No credible threats to US from Islamic State." Associated Press (August 22, 2014)

"Damascene Conversions - Isis, Assad And The Bombing Of Iraq." Media Lens (September 1, 2014)

Forster, Peter. "Fifty Shades of Ick: Gay Panic and Star Discourse/Star Panic and Gay Discourse." Bright Lights Film Journal (August 27, 2014)

Zirin, Dave. "It’s Not Just Ray Rice: The NFL’s History of Condoning Domestic Abuse." Democracy Now (September 9, 2014)

"Dave Zirin: Sportswriter." Dialogic Cinephilia (Ongoing Peace and Conflict Studies Archive)

Merriam Webster Word-of-the-Day

repugn \rih-PYOON\

verb: to contend against : oppose

Over 450 students signed the petition repugning the school board's decision to fire the popular teacher.

"Still to come, bad blood between Bloom and Bieber. Will we ever know what happened when the movie star repugns the pop star?" — Lester Holt, NBC News Transcripts, August 2, 2014

Repugn is a word that was relatively common in English in the 16th and 17th centuries. These days, however, English speakers are more likely to be familiar with one of its close relatives, namely, the adjective repugnant, which formerly meant "hostile" but today most commonly means "exciting distaste or aversion." The Latin root for both of these words is pugnare, meaning "to fight." Other English derivatives from this root are pugnacious, meaning "belligerent," and impugn, meaning "to assail with words or arguments." Even pungent is a relative of pugnare. Therefore, don’t try to repugn, or impugn for that matter, the influence of pugnare on our language—lest you appear pugnacious!

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