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e*duce (-ds, -dys)
verb. e·duced, e·duc·ing, e·duc·es

1) To draw or bring out; elicit; evoke; evolve; develop. As in: At first the new firefighter was frightened to enter the burning building, but he finally educed the courage. 2) To help others bring out the best in themselves." As in, The firefighter was educed to enter the burning building by the courage shown by those who went in before him.


bri·co·lage (brk-läzh, brk-) \bree-koh-LAHZH

Construction, something made, or put together using whatever materials
happen to be available. As in: The crow's nest was a bricolage of twigs, string and even the remnants of an old sock.


Act of keeping a balance, or state of being balanced.

According to Jean Piaget, equilibration is also the process that drives the development and acquisition of knowledge.

We are frequently faced with new events or situations that cannot be fully handled by our existing understanding. This creates a state of disequilibrium, or an imbalance between what is understood and what is encountered. We naturally try to reduce such imbalances by focusing on the stimuli that causes the disequilibrium, and then developing new schemes or adapting old ones until equilibrium is restored. This process of restoring balance is called equilibration. According to Piaget, it is essential to learning.

Equilibration involves striking a balance between yourself and your environment, between assimilation of new ideas and information and accommodation of those new concepts.

At this time, when the equilibrium of so many of us is upset, we have the rich opportunity to grow and develop by accommodating new perspectives, and reach new and deeper understanding of the world around us.

From Piaget's Theory Applied to an Early Childhood Curriculum. Cecelia Lavatelli. (American Science and Engineering, 1973)

Also introduced in User-centered Learning: An Interview with Judee Humburg by Marcia Conner (LiNE Zine, Winter 2001)


Flustered to the point of incompetence. [adjective]

Have you ever been supervised so closely, nagged so incessantly, watched so intently by a critic, spouse, or boss that your performance grew sloppier as you went along? In English, you might say you were "flustered" or "jittery." In Yiddish, you would say you were "farblonged." Neither of these words, however, puts any blame on the unwanted supervisorial attention that brings on this nervousness and disintegration of composure in the first place. The German fisselig (rhymes with "thistle fish") conveys a temporary state of inexactitude and sloppiness that is elicited by another person's nagging. It is the precise answer to the unkind question "What the heck is wrong with you today?"

Everyone has been in a classroom in which the teacher managed to intimidate students into speechlessness, whether or not they knew the material. Spouses trying to teach their mate how to drive an automobile often exhibit a streak of this trait. Call these not-so-helpful advisers fisseligers. If someone who has driven you over the edge of your ability to cope then asks you what is wrong, reply, "I'm fisseliged." Your tormenter either will be stunned into puzzled silence or else will feed you your straight line by asking, "What is that supposed to mean?"

From They Have a Word for It: A Lighthearted Lexicon of Untranslatable Words& Phrases Howard Rheingold (Sarabande Books, 2000)


vb –ized; -izing vt (1850)

1: To write or print with an initial capital or in capitals 2 a: to convert into capital b: to treat as capital rather than expense 3 a: to compute the present value of b: to convert into an equivalent capital sum 4: to supply capital for ~ vi: to gain by turning something into advantage: profit

When our executives fail to mentally capitalize the employees, viewing them as negative numbers on an expense sheet, our office suffers a human recession.

With tax season in full swing we need to review our development costs to insure we have capitalized all of our development time.

It is amazing how she always lands on her feet; she capitalizes very opportunity that comes her way.


\d-‘en-(,)da\ n Spanish (1964): the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm

He is the worst leader organizationally, but his duende brings in new hires while veterans will follow him anywhere.

Even the duende of the world’s most successful entrepreneur could not make her see the value of investing in human capital.


\sk-‘dl-I-jer\ n [perth. Alter. Of doxology] (ca. 1830)

1: something that settles a matter: a decisive blow or answer: FINISHER 2: something outstanding or exceptional

An eye for when to encourage growth and when to promote struggle is the quintessential sockdolager in human capital management.

The product was solid, but the visible strength of the company's integrity was the sockdologer that sealed the deal.

His black suit was nicely pressed, his white shirt was clean and well starched, and his tie was of the power variety, but when he crossed his leg he exposed the sockdolager: his neon purple socks!


\'kren-ye-let, -,lat\ or crenulated \-,lated\ adj [NL crenulatus, fr. crenula, dim. of
ML crena] (1794) : having irregularly wavy or serrate outline <a ~ shoreline> - crenulation \,kren-ye-let, -'latshen\ n *

Today we see more crenulate space in advertising because nothing is quite as clear as it used to be.

The crenulated or serrated design of the edge of a check allows for easy detachment from the checkbook.

The crenulation of the border of the screen design softens the sharp feel, while making a connection that flows into the focus of the total design.

Internet businesses have crenulate stability these days, which gives a market impression that the new economy can only drive in circles.

Vibrato is one technique used to crenulate sound when playing a musical instrument or singing.


\,o t-ō-‘dī-,dakt, dī-, -de –‘\ n.; adj. autodidactic [Gk autodidaktos self-taught, fr. aut- + didaktos taught, fr. didaskein to teach] (1748): a self-taught person

An autodidact at the piano; she learned to play purely by ear.

Self-accessible information on the Internet could create a society of autodidacts; the question is, though, what quality of autodidacts will we be?

Autodidactic Profiles: Self-educated People Who've Made a Difference


\In`cu*nab"u*lum\, n.; pl. Incunabula. [L. incunabula cradle, birthplace, origin. See 1st In-, and Cunabula.] A work of art or of human industry, of an early epoch; especially, a book printed before a. d. 1500.


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