A new year, a new chance to know your nouns, verify your verbs, and perfect your prepositions. Take the quiz to test your grip on the language. Need we explain how a multiple choice quiz works? One word, one answer. Go.
adamantine (ă də măn′ tēn)
homologate (hō mäl′-ə gāt)
omphaloskepsis (ŏm fŭ-lō skĕp′-sĭs)
tactile (tăk′ tīl)
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homologate: to approve; confirm or ratify
morass: complicated or confused situation
omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one’s navel in meditation
tactile: perceptible by touch
Five correct – word stalion
Four correct – word thoroughbred
Three correct – word workhorse
Two correct – word mule
One correct – word nag
Zero correct – off to the glue factory
Got all five? Consider your word horsepower homologated.
Some time back we reported how Australia has some of the most poisonous critters around. Mostly reptiles and spiders. Well, it seems they also have bird firebugs. Raptors that help spread brush fires. Australia, the land of great big hopping marsupials, killer arachnids, deadly snakes in the grass, and plumed pyromaniacs. Makes you wonder what Mother Nature is up to down there. From Australia’s National Post:
Raptors on at least four continents have been observed for decades on the edge of big flames, waiting out scurrying rodents and reptiles or picking through their barbecued remains.
What’s new, at least in the academic literature, is the idea that birds might be intentionally spreading fires themselves. If true, the finding suggests that birds, like humans, have learned to use fire as a tool and as a weapon.
Read it all: Australian birds have weaponized fire…