Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Resources for May 6, 2014

Blyth, Mark, David Kaiser and Vanessa Williamson. "The French Sensation: Income Inequality in 700 Pages and a Hundred Graphs." Radio Open Source (May 1, 2014)

Frauenfelder, Mark. "Photos of the new Satanic monument being built for Oklahoma's Statehouse." Boing Boing (May 1, 2014)

Peters, Jeremy W. "Republican-Led Filibuster Blocks Minimum Wage Bill in Senate." The New York Times (May 1, 2014)

McDonough, Katie. "Tennessee just became the first state that will jail women for their pregnancy outcomes: Against the advice of doctors, addiction experts and reproductive health groups, Gov. Bill Haslam signed SB 1391." Salon (April 30, 2014)

The Editorial Board. "The Koch Attack on Solar Energy." The New York Times (April 27, 2014)

Fain, Paul. "Will Work in Beer." Inside Higher Ed (January 30, 2014) [Asheville, NC community college starts new 2 degree in Craft Beer brewing]

Jaschik, Scott. "Church and Tenure." Inside Higher Ed (May 5, 2014) ["The Kentucky Supreme Court has issued two unanimous decisions that strengthen the rights of tenured professors at religious institutions."]

Dialogic Cinephilia archive: Resources for May 5, 2014





Merriam-Webster's Word-of-the-Day

gist \JIST\

noun 1 : the ground of a legal action; 2 : the main point or part : essence

I didn't catch every word, but I heard enough to get the gist of the conversation.

"If you have seen the animated children's movie Balto, you know the gist of the Iditarod story; however, there is more to the story than a mysterious wolf/dog who beat the odds, carried the antitoxin across the tundra and got the girl." — From an article by Victoria Burris in The Omnibus (Southwest Baptist University), March 5, 2014

"The gist of the conversation was that ...." The word "gist" often appears in such contexts to let us know that what follows will be a statement or summary that in some way encapsulates the main point or overarching theme. The gist of a conversation, argument, story, or what-have-you is what we rely on when the actual words and details are only imperfectly recalled, inessential, or too voluminous to recount in their entirety. "Gist" was borrowed from the Anglo-French legal phrase "[cest] action gist" ("[this] action lies") in the early 18th century, and was originally used in legal contexts as a term referring to the foundation or grounds for a legal action without which that action would not be legally sustainable.

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