acute bulbar poliomyelitis
A poliomyelitis virus infection affecting nerve cells in the medulla oblongata and causing paralysis of certain motor nerves.
Is it naughty or not? Learn what “burlesque” actually means, plus Cher’s real name
The trailer for “Burlesque,” starring Cher and Christina Aguilera, makes the film seem like cheesy fun. What the preview fails to do, however, is explain what actually defines burlesque. Is it strictly a type of dance performed in seedy venues, a fancy word for striptease? Luckily for word enthusiasts, “burlesque” derives from a rich tradition as well as a compelling meaning. Traditionally, burlesque has been a type of …
Hone In vs. Home In
Does a plane home in on a target or hone in on it? Does a musician hone her skills or home them? Are these two verbs interchangeable or do they have discrete meanings? Today we explore the origins and uses of hone and home. Hone entered English as a noun for a pointed rock used as a landmark. In the 1400s, it began to be …
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