… Is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading.It is hosted by Kathy, over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’.You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.
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My words this week are a pretty eclectic and random selection, originating from a diverse variety of sources. All caught my eye as new to me words, so I really needed to share them with someone! …
1. I came across this first word whilst visiting the blog of one of my regular bookaholic friends … Naida, over at ‘The Bookworm’, where she was reviewing this particular book.
‘This girl’ by Colleen Hoover, is the third installment in the ‘Slammed’ series. Slammed in this instance, refers to the slam poetry, which the main male protagonist in the story, writes and recites live.
SLAM POETRY …
A type of poetry expressing a persons personal story and/or struggle usually in an intensely emotional style. Very powerful, sincere, and moving.
POETRY SLAM …
A poetry slam is a competitive event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience. Everyone who signs up has the opportunity to read in the first round; the lineup for subsequent rounds is determined by the judges’ scores. Though rules vary from slam to slam, the basic rules are:
* Each poem must be of the poet’s own construction;
* Each poet gets three minutes (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points will be deducted from the total score.
* The poet may not use props, costumes or musical instruments;
* Of the scores the poet received from the five judges, the high and low scores are dropped and the middle three are added together, giving the poet a total score of 0-30.
Slam is engineered for the audience, whereas a number of open mike readings are engineered as a support network for poets. Slam is designed for the audience to react vocally and openly to all aspects of the show, including the poet’s performance, the judges’ scores, and the host’s banter. Audiences can boo or cheer at the conclusion of a poem, or even during a poem.
The best poetry slams include a wide variety of writing and performance styles. This, of course, depends on who shows up to compete and– beyond the first round– what the judges see fit to hear more of. The only requirement for judging is that the audience member not be a family member or intimate friend of any of the competitors.
The best slam poets are those who are skilled at both theatrical performance (stage presence, timing, voice modulation, body language and emoting) and pure poetic writing (metaphor, insight, brevity, sonance, wit).
2. This next word comes from my daily dose of ‘Jigzone’ jigsaw puzzles, where each jigsaw not only publishes your personal recorded completion time, but also offers a short explanatory paragraph about the featured picture of the day …. No day would be complete for me, without my visit!
Banana Inflorescence Partially Opened.
The banana plant is the largest herbaceous flowering plant. When a banana plant is mature, the corn stops producing new leaves and begins to form a flower spike or inflorescence.
An inflorescence is a group or cluster of flowers arranged on a stem that is composed of a main branch or a complicated arrangement of branches. Morphologically, it is the part of the shoot of seed plants where flowers are formed and which is accordingly modified. The modifications can involve the length and the nature of the internodes and the phyllotaxis, as well as variations in the proportions, compressions, swellings, adnations, connations and reduction of main and secondary axes. Inflorescence can also be defined as the reproductive portion of a plant that bears a cluster of flowers in a specific pattern.
3. I picked up my next word during a BBC documentary we were watching, which discussed the situation we are facing, of much of the UK still struggling after the financial crash, whilst London is thriving like never before. In the first of two programmes, presenter Evan Davis explored the economic forces that are polarising Britain and asked what the rest of the country can learn from London’s success.
‘Mind The Gap’ BBC2
While much of the UK still struggles after the financial crash, one city is thriving. Money, companies and people are pouring into London like never before. Why is the capital so dominant? Is its success good or bad for Britain? And what should the rest of the country do? In redeveloped Kings Cross, Evan shows how agglomeration economics fuels London’s success. At the new Francis Crick scientific research institute, he explores how working in proximity to others enables copying, collaborating and competing – which promote productivity. Nearby, Google is moving in because they like the neighbours – the Central St Martins art school.
A mass or collection of things; an assemblage.
In simple terms, the basic concept of agglomeration economies is that production is facilitated when there is a clustering of economic activity. The term economies of agglomeration is used in urban economics to describe the benefits that firms obtain by locating near each other (‘agglomerating’). This concept relates to the idea of economies of scale and network effects. Simply put, as more firms in related fields of business cluster together, their costs of production may decline significantly (firms have competing multiple suppliers, greater specialization and division of labor result). Even when competing firms in the same sector cluster, there may be advantages because the cluster attracts more suppliers and customers than a single firm could achieve alone. Cities form and grow to exploit economies of agglomeration.
What new words have you discovered this time … I can’t wait to stop by and check them out!