Tuesday, 30 September 2008

A New Word



1 : a mixture of many drugs and honey formerly held to be an antidote to poison
*2 : cure-all

Example Sentence
“Chicken soup may not really be a theriac,” said Helen, sniffling between spoonfuls, “but there certainly is something comforting about eating it when you’re feeling sick.”

Did you know?

There really is no such thing as a single remedy for all that ails us.

But that hasn’t kept English speakers from creating, not just a single word, but several words, that mean “cure-all”: “catholicon,” “elixir,” “nostrum,” “panacea,” and today’s word, “theriac.” When we first used “theriac,” it meant “an antidote for poison” — for any and all poisons, that is. That’s how our Roman and Greek forebears used their “theriaca” and “thÄ“riakÄ“,” which derive ultimately from the Greek word for “wild animal.” The first theriac was supposedly created by the first-century Greek physician Andromachus, whose concoction consisted of some 70 drugs pulverized with honey. Medieval physicians created even more elaborate theriacs to dose a plague-dreading populace, for whom the possibility of a cure-all didn’t seem too wild a notion at all.

An Important Announcement

Due to the nature of the corrections to a majority of the surveys,
there's a need for face-to-face consultations before the surveys are
distributed and results are processed for purposes of the class presentation.

As such, the presentation of results will be moved forward by 1 week.

Corrected surveys will be released the week of October 6-10, 2008 via email.


Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Academic English 01PBE

Email addresses of students:

  1. Irien: rienez@hotmail.com
  2. Angel: sevenseason_angel@yahoo.com
  3. Farah: d_fame_babez@hotmail.com
  4. Madha: papoyengz@hotmail.com
  5. Brittni: sugar_this@yahoo.com
  6. Alberto: aret@pisem.net
  7. Xyzco: indwoengphy2@hotmail.com
  8. Jessica: j25_creamy@hotmail.com
  9. Olivia: lp_freak_oliph@hotmail.com
  10. Ian: all_time_movie@yahoo.com
  11. Invi: invi_atmanegara@yahoo.com
  12. Marshellia: marshellia_lawrence@hotmail.com
  13. Amrit: amrit_30@hotmail.com
  14. Verdi: verdi_r1182@hotmail.com
  15. Vincent: persona_aurora@hotmail.com
  16. Raisa: raisaandriana@yahoo.com
  17. Cherisha: cherisha_lidia@yahoo.com
  18. Sharon: sharon.moviehollic@yahoo.com