“Some imperial Chinese officials who admitted to the use of substitute criminals [who serve in place of the rich perpetrators] justified its effectiveness. After all, the real criminal was punished by paying out the market value of his crime, while the stand-in’s punishment intimidated other criminals, keeping the overall crime rate low. In other words, a ‘cap-and-trade’ policy for crime.”
“When movie characters smoke, so do teenagers — among kids with nonsmoking parents, the study found that more than half of all smoking initiation comes from exposure to smoking in movies. Leonardo DiCaprio’s smoking in ‘The Titanic’ movie will kill far more people than the 1500 who died in the ship accident.”
“[I]n 59 percent of unmarried couples with a baby, at least one partner already had a child from a previous relationship.”
“Marc Andreessen, a venture capitalist, famously observed that business-school graduates’ interest in a sector is a leading indicator of a bubble.”
On the Family and Medical Leave Act:
“Yet successful moms’ careers are more vulnerable than those at lower levels when it comes to maternity leave. That’s another FMLA loophole: If you’re in the top 10 percent of earners (a ‘key employee’ in government legalese) and you take maternity leave, your company doesn’t have to reinstate you to your old job.”
Words I’ve recently learned (or relearned): cloture, laicized, divagation, conspecific, scupper, femicide, tout (n.), fomite, meemies, emesis, incommodious, immiseration, zelig, priapic, peloton, tyro, foofaraw, stagy, edentulous, prelate, quietism, brazier, palimpsest.
Strangely, the last two came up in two different sources.
A student texted me this last night :)
“No one in my family appreciates this so I decided to tell you! I was studying vocab and came across ‘appellation’ as in name/title and realized it links to the spanish word ‘apellido’ meaning last name!! Super cool.”