I've been reading The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan, the author who popularized the simple rules for healthy eating:

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

I actually bought the book earlier this year, at the start of Spring Quarter, but never got around to reading it until now. I'd been thinking about his simple rules for eating over the past few days, and then remembered I had this book tucked away. So I pulled it out for some summer reading.

I am finding it to be filled with quite a bit of "food for thought." The story of the modern North American diet is absolutely fascinating. We as a post-industrial people have almost no clue where our food comes from any more. (I, myself, wouldn't know how to feed myself if there were no supermarkets. Would you?) And some of the information contained within is stunning: such as, the majority of the food we eat comes, either directly or indirectly, from corn. I had no idea how much corn was in my everyday diet, and I'm originally from Kansas! This is not necessarily a good thing.

Anyway, I've encountered some new words in the course of my reading today:
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I'm a word geek. I love learning words, and exploring their etymology and usage, as is evidenced by my occasional "vocabulary builder" posts here in my journal.
Vocabulary builder )
My academic journal readings this week have exposed me to a lot of big words I didn't know before -- especially in the article I had to read for my Québec mid-term paper.

Here's the BIG WORDS I've learned this week:
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A couple of new vocabulary words I learned during my school readings:

sine qua non - noun: Latin, “without which not”
Something absolutely indispensable or essential, a prerequisite
Example: Defence of the French language has replaced the Catholic Church as the sine qua non of Québécois culture.

patrimony - noun: That which is passed down through the father in a patriarchal system, such as an estate, property, entitlements, legacy or birthright; in a broader sense, a heritage.
Part of being a college student is expanding your vocabulary. Especially when you're reading a whole bunch of scholarly articles in journals.

This week, I've learned quite a few of them:
Click to expand your vocabulary )


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