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What's the 'significance' of the word bubonic in bubonic plague?

This is one entry on a vocabulary list that asks for a definition of the word or phrase and the 'significance' of the word or part of the phrase. This is part of a 15-year-old's summer homework, but no explanation is given of what the 'significance' of the word significance is. My take is that 'significance' is kind of an inherent effect or consequence of the word; for bubonic, I'd say the significance is civilization-changing death due to uncontrolled pest and population density. Any other ideas?
posted by Huck500 on Aug 6, 2014 - 14 answers

name that vulgar gesture

Left forearm is horizontal, with left hand touching right elbow, right forearm is vertical and the right hand raised in a fist held above shoulder with the palm facing inward. The motion of inserting the left hand into the right elbow while raising the right fist is important. [more inside]
posted by kickback on Oct 19, 2013 - 19 answers

Meaning of this Muslim calligraphic motif

I design a newsletter for a group with an interest in religious ecumenism, and have chosen a Muslim calligraphic motif to illustrate an article about a lecture on Islam – but I want to know what it means. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Apr 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Touché

I think I don't understand the meaning, in English, of "touché." [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Mar 17, 2013 - 32 answers

Men's wedding band made special.. but how?

How can I give my fiance a wedding band that matches what he wants (simple white gold comfort fit band) special in some way? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jan 11, 2013 - 35 answers

a circle in a pointed cloverleaf

Does this symbol mean anything? It's like a circle superimposed on a cloverleaf symbol (⌘), except that the loops are pointed on the ends. [more inside]
posted by Ery on Jul 26, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"?

How can I figure out how to make my "ding in the universe"? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Nov 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me reword "ascend a [horizontal] walkway" so it is correct.

Can you "ascend" a horizontal "walkway"? No? Then how does one describe this action in a single word? [more inside]
posted by phonebia on Apr 20, 2011 - 26 answers

A little distance, please, people!

Help me say, nicely, "Please don't touch my child". [more inside]
posted by lottie on Oct 1, 2009 - 54 answers

Same sentence, different language, still makes sense?

Are they any sentences that can be said in one language, but also understood in a different language (albeit with a different meaning)? [more inside]
posted by devnull on Jul 7, 2009 - 42 answers

The County Formerly Known As...

Is there a word or term that expresses the following concept more accurately than "rename"? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Jun 17, 2009 - 25 answers

Looking for contextual understanding of Hebrews 10:23

Seeking advice about a quote from Hebrews 10:23, which states "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful." This is from one of the books of the New Testament (Epistle to the Hebrews). [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on Nov 29, 2008 - 9 answers

Meaning in a Meaningless world?

How does one live a meaningful life in a world that one has come to believe is meaningless? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2007 - 81 answers

Who came up with this quote on meaning in creative works?

A paraphrased quote: 'As one creates (writes?), it's meaning is known to only two - himself and God. When one finishes, the meaning is only known to God.' So, where did this quote derive from? Who originally said it? [more inside]
posted by evadery on Jan 5, 2007 - 5 answers

Meaning of 'moment of zen'?

What is a 'moment of (something) zen'? I keep seeing this (on blogs in particular) and I don't know what it means. [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Jul 22, 2005 - 17 answers

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