Word to the Wise: Durance

"Durance" (DUR-unts) – from the Latin for "to endure" – is imprisonment or restraint by force. It is usually used in the phrase "durance vile." Example (as used in the Jerusalem Post): "As any ex-con emerging from durance...

Word to the Wise: Invective

"Invective" (in-VEK-tiv) – from the Latin for "to inveigh against" – is insulting or abusive language. Example (as used by Leonard Garment in In Search of Deep Throat): "One evening John Mitchell, slightly in his cups, let loose at...

Word to the Wise: Sub Rosa

"Sub rosa" (sub ROH-zuh) – Latin for "under the rose" – means secret or private. The phrase comes from an ancient legend associating roses with confidentiality. Example (as used by Stephen Metcalf in the New York Observer): "The...

t’s Fun to Know: The Largest Eyes in the World

New Zealand scientists have discovered what are believed to be the largest eyes found on any animal in the world. The peepers in question measure nearly 11 inches in diameter and belong to a colossal squid, a species first discovered in 2003. Fishermen hooked the...