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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for April 2, 2019 is: fantod \FAN-tahd\ noun 1 plural fantods a : a state of irritability and tension b : fidgets 2 : an emotional outburst : fit Examples: The movie's graphic imagery gave me the fantodsâ€”I had to turn it off. "Orin's special conscious horror, besides heights and the early morning, is roaches. There'd been parts of metro Boston near the Bay he'd refused to go to, as a child. Roaches give him the howling fantods." â€” David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest, 1996 Did you know? "You have got strong symptoms of the fantods; your skin is so tight you can't shut your eyes without opening your mouth." Thus, American author Charles Frederick Briggs provides us with an early recorded use of fantods in 1839. Mark Twain used the word to refer to uneasiness or restlessness as shown by nervous movementsâ€”also known as the fidgetsâ€”in Huckleberry Finn: "They was all nice pictures, I reckon, but I didn't somehow seem to take to them, because â€¦ they always give me the fantods." David Foster Wallace later used "the howling fantods," a favorite phrase of his mother, in Infinite Jest. The exact origin of fantod remains a mystery, but it may have arisen from English dialectalÂ fantigueâ€”a word (once used by Charles Dickens) that refers to a state of great tension or excitement and may be a blend of fantasticÂ andÂ fatigue.
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Prof. Oren Harman, a historian of science and the Chair of the Graduate Program in Science, Technology and Society at Bar-Ilan University, discusses his book Evolutions: Fifteen Myths that Explain Our World and Talking about Science in the 21st Century, a lecture series he directs at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.
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Character, Soul & the University: David Brooks
Colleges and universities can play a virtual role in the moral, intellectual and spiritual development of a studentâ€™s life. But there is a growing mismatch between the culture of many campuses, and the challenges young people will face in their careers, politics and personal lives.Author and columnist David Brooks suggested solutions in his stirring speech, â€œHow a University Shaped My Soulâ€, given at the recent annual conference of Heterodox Academy. He spoke about the life lessons he learned as an undergraduate at The University of Chicago.â€œOur professors taught us intellectual courage. There is no such thing as thinking for yourself,â€ he said. â€œEven the words we think with are collective things, and most of us donâ€™t think for truth, we think for bonding.â€Brooks surprised his audience by praising students who challenge their professors, saying â€œon balance, itâ€™s a good thing.â€Since 2003, David Brooks has been an op-Ed columnist at The New York Times. He is an executive director at the Aspen Institute, a commentator on PBS Newshour, and author of the new book, â€œThe Second Mountain." For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy