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Glossary

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Also known as: Paper Clip, Paperclips, Red Paperclip, Red Paper Clip

The simple office paperclip has been used in a magic trick with a strip of paper and to demonstrate the magnitude of the Holocaust, when a school classroom collected 6 million paperclips and stored them in a railcar that had been used to transport people to concentration camps in Germany during World War II. It has even been used, one red paperclip, to trade up, to a house.

Parentless parents refers to the situation in which new parents cannot rely on the traditional support of their parents because they are already gone by the time the grandchildren are born.

Phonetic spelling is spelling that is easy to pronounce. That is, the word graph is spelled with a ph that is pronounced as f. If the spelling were changed to graf, it would be phonetic. There are some proponents of revising all spelling to be phonetic so it would be easier to learn how to read, as is the case in Spanish, for instance. However, most linguists and educators recognize that the meaning or historical context associated with non-phonetic spelling is valuable in understanding content.

A brief description of an event, person or emotion. Different from prose, a poem often rhymes, typically has lilting meter and evokes emotion with its spare language.
Also see: Poems

A brief description of an event, person or emotion. Different from prose, a poem often rhymes, typically has lilting meter and evokes emotion with its spare language.
Also see: Poem

Poetry is a type of writing, compared to prose, that is rhythmic, easy to remember and often follows a form, as in the number of lines and number of words or syllables in a line.
Also see: Poems

Polio, a crippling disease that makes it difficult or impossible to walk, was eliminated in the United States after the introduction of a polio vaccine in the 1960s. Now, with the lead of Rotary International and the Gates Foundation, efforts are underway to eliminate polio in the world, just as smallpox was eliminated. There are still only six countries where polio has not yet been eliminated but is being fought vigorously.