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braggart (noun): A person who boasts about their achievements or possessions. Word of the Day for October 17th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #braggart

"What better way to celebrate the birthday of Leo Tolstoy than to read his monumentally weighty tome War and Peace? Well, for those who don't quite have time to get through all 561,093 words (Oxford World's Classics edition) of it, The Independent has produced its own marvellously abridged version." --Boyd Tonkin, The Independent. (Image Credit: Leo Tolstoy. Photo by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944). Public Domain, Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons.) #tolstoy #warandpeace #russianliterature

Who do you know from the world of biology? Text your knowledge of fossil collectors, biochemists, conservationists, zoologists, and more. TOUCH this image: The Biology Week 2014 Gallery by Oxford Academic #biology #BiologyWeek #science

Do you understand the economics of food? TOUCH this image: World Food Day by Oxford Academic #food #economics

indwell (verb): Be permanently present in (someone’s soul or mind). Word of the Day for October 16th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #indwell

Now that the stress of waiting for results is finally over, its time to prepare for your new life as a law student. On these pages you’ll find invaluable advice from current students, lecturers, authors and legal professionals, hints and tips to help you make the most of your course and some fascinating facts about the law to help break the ice in your first week. (Image credit: University of Virginia School of Law, Library. Photo by User: Mmw3v. CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.) #lawschool #gradstudent #backtoschool

"[Robert Katzmann] disagrees with Justice Antonin Scalia and the so-called textualists who would not allow judges to look at any legislative history when confronted with statutory questions. In their view, all legislative history is equally irrelevant. Katzmann endorses Chief Justice John Roberts’s statement that 'all legislative history is not created equal.'"--John Paul Stevens, The New York Review of Books (Image credit: The United States Supreme Court in 2010. Photo by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.) #SCOTUS #supreme court #government

The Guy Fawkes of 1850 - a commentary on the restoration of the Catholic hierarchy in England, in 1850. Punch magazine #BonfireNight #GuyFawkes #FifthofNovember

An American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera South end forever [cut] North end forever. Extraordinary verses on Pope-night. or, A commemoration the fifth of November, giving a history of the attempt, made by the papishes, to blow up king and Parliament, A. D. 1588. Together with some account of the Pope himself, and his wife Joan: with several other things worthy of notice, too tedious to mention. Sold by the printers boys in Boston [1768] #BonfireNight

"Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, written in late 1605 or early 1606, remembers the fifth of November not with fireworks but as a moment of terror." Daniel Swift, author of Shakespeare's Common Prayers, discusses the Gunpowder Plot (Guy Fawkes before King James By Sir John Gilbert. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons) #GuyFawkes #GunpowderPlot #Shakespeare

"Today the Gunpowder Plot is the early modern act of treason, but in truth it was one in a series of conspiracies—albeit one of spectacular ambition. That it became a fixture in the national calendar owed much to the plot’s value to protestants of the seventeenth and eighteenth-centuries as a warning of what they saw as the threat posed by Catholicism." Philip Carter, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plotters, 1606, via Wikimedia.) #GuyFawkes #GunpowderPlot

A Guy Fawkes effigy built by a London costermonger 1876-77. Photo by J Thomson and Adolphe Smith (via Street Life in London) #GuyFawkes #BonfireNight #FifthofNovember

"Seven years later, in the reign of the next monarch James I, William’s son Robert became what we would today call a terrorist. Frustrated, angry and 'beside himself with mindless fanaticism,' he contrived to blow up the king and the House of Lords at the state opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605." Jessie Childs, author of God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England (Windsor Castle from the lower court on the 5th of Novr by Paul Sandby, 1776. Public domain via Wikimedia)

"'Remember, remember the fifth of November,' instructs the old nursery rhyme, and offers a useful summary: 'Gunpowder, treason and plot.' But we have never been sure quite what, or how, we should be remembering." Daniel Swift, author of Shakespeare's Common Prayers, discusses the Gunpowder Plot (The Gunpowder Conspirators, from a print published immediately after the discovery. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons) #GuyFawkes #GunpowderPlot

None of us is neutral about insects. The strong emotional reactions they provoke have deep roots, says Jeffrey A. Lockwood in The Infested Mind

From egg to adult body, Life Unfolding by Jamie Davies is a demanding but wonder-filled account of the simple interactions that create complex structures

About 95 per cent of us are infected with the Epstein-Barr virus. Cancer Virus is the compelling, thriller-like tale of its discovery

Joanna Bourke's The Story of Pain may not be able to tell us how to suffer better, but consoles with the notion that pain can be pleasure

It was a fight between vested interests and institutional boneheadedness, but as Cool: How air conditioning changed everything explains, common sense won out

contronym (noun): A word with two opposite meanings. Word of the Day for October 7th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #contronym

tapster (noun): A person who draws and serves alcoholic drinks at a bar. Word of the Day for October 10th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #tapster

trite (adjective): (Of a remark or idea) lacking originality or freshness; dull on account of overuse. Word of the Day for October 9th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #trite

entelechy (noun): The realization of potential. Word of the Day for October 6th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #entelechy

obstreperous (adjective): Noisy and difficult to control. Word of the Day for October 4th, 2014 #WOTD #WordoftheDay #obstreperous