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Tuesday 31 December 2019


- Relationship by descent from a common ancestor
- Relation by blood.

Table showing degrees of Consanguinity.
Image Credits : E. Bruce Berman, Jr.

- Some states prohibit marriage where there is a degree of consanguinity.
- This data highlights the need for the creation of awareness by governments among people, regarding the ill-effects of consanguineous marriage, a practice which is widely prevalent. 

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Monday 30 December 2019


- Able to produce a lot of crops, fruit, babies, young animals, etc.
- Very productive or creative intellectually.
- Producing or creating a lot of new things, ideas, etc.

The full title on the curation card was Railing Pillar: Goddess and an Amorous Couple. The sculpture is from India, Madhya Pradesh, Bharhut c. 100 B.C.E. It was part of the Great Stupa (reliquary mound) at Bharhut, The goddess symbolizes nature and fertility; thee mango tree she grasps instantly sprouts forth with ripened fruit. Her left hand points to an Amourous couple(extreme left) ; Indian art frequently shows lovers in such embraces to denote prosperity and fecundity. The unabashed eroticism of much ancient Indian art is quite beautiful.
Fecundity, a single plant's bumper crop on the ground.

- Rabbits are often considered to be fecund animals.
- The waters of this coast, fecund with the nutrients of the Humboldt current, are dazzlingly rich.

Image Credits : 
Thad Zajdowicz

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Friday 27 December 2019

Jumping the broom

Jumping the broom or jumping the besom.
- Jumping the broom" is an informal marriage or partnership.
- To get married.

Image Credits : Gem  
- Jim and Jane have decided to jump over the broomstick.
- The happiest day of my life was when your mother said she'd jump over the broomstick with me.

This is an African American phrase and custom for marriage.
Brooms were waved over the heads of marrying couples to ward off spirits. The couple would often but not always jump over the broom at the end of the ceremony. Jumping over the broom symbolized the wife's commitment or willingness to clean the courtyard of the new home she had joined. Furthermore, it expressed her overall commitment to the house.

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Thursday 26 December 2019

Walk the plank

Walk the plank.
- To be forced to accept the consequences of something.
- If someone in a position of authority walks the plank, they accept responsibility for something bad that has happened and leave their position

Image Credits : Daa Nell
- Key executives should walk the plank first when things go spectacularly wrong.
- Will vulnerable Democrats 'walk the plank' on impeachment?

- Many people believe that pirates used to kill their prisoners by forcing them to walk along a plank or gangplank sticking out from the edge of a ship until they fell into the sea.

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Monday 21 October 2019

Under the weather

Under the weather
- Mildly ill.
- Drunk
- Suffering from a hangover.

Image Credits : Santanu Vasant
- We were out celebrating Valerie's birthday last night—that's why we're all under the weather today.
- I was under the weather last week, but I'm feeling much better now.
- Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were really under the weather!
- Climate change has literally brought under the weather the Rs 3,500-crore fruit economy of Himachal Pradesh.

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Friday 18 October 2019

Hale and Hearty

Hale and Hearty
- Healthy and strong(especially of old people).

Image Credits : Neil Moralee  
- The noted director has successfully won the battle against cancer and is all hale and hearty.
- She’s still hale and hearty at 83.

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Monday 7 October 2019


- An area of soft, wet ground that you sink into if you try to walk on it.
- A difficult and dangerous situation.

Image Credits : Paul Rowe   
- Let's see how Boris Johnson plans to escape from the Brexit quagmire.
- Our firm is just inching out of quagmire of past troubles.

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