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:: Learning new words August 15, 2007

Posted by Minci 先生 in Everyday Life, Medical School.

Over the last 3 weeks, I have heard these two words/phrases more than once. And these are not my everyday vocabulary. The first word is Icarus.

The last time I heard Icarus was in the James Bond movie: Die Another Day. I’m sure I’ve heard of that word in an earlier movie or documentary. CSI maybe? Prior to this, the only Icarus I know is the story of Icarus and his father. One of the Greek mythology I still remember reading from my Enid Blyton book when I was a kid. Myth has it that,

(Picture credit : Steve Stone) 

Icarus is a character in Greek Mythology. Icarus’ father, Daedalus attempted to escape his prison at the hands of King Minos. Daedalus fashioned a pair of wings for himself and his son, made of feathers and wax. Before they took off from the prison, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, as the wax would melt. Overcome by the sublime feeling that flying gave him, Icarus soared through the sky joyfully, but in the process came too close to the sun, which melted his wings. Icarus fell into the sea, the area which bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.

Source : Wikipedia

The second is ‘coup de grâce’. A phrase I gathered from Johnny Depp’s movie (From hell), the Jack the Ripper documentary and finally from Tess Gerritsen’s book. (The Surgeon).

(Picture credit : Styrene Studio

The expression coup de grâce means a death blow intended to end the suffering of a wounded creature. It is often used figuratively to describe the last of a series of events which brings about the end of some entity; for example: “The business had been failing for years; the coup de grâce was the sudden jump in oil prices.”

In war times, it means shooting into the cardiac or temporal region of an already shot, but not yet dead person during a military or civilian execution. It can also refer to the final destruction of an already sinking ship; during World War II, ships crippled beyond repair were often finished off by their own escorts, or by enemy submarines. Examples include the USS Wasp, the USS Lexington, and the USS Yorktown.

In a classic duel to the death, if a person is wounded and not likely to recover, a coup de grâce is performed.

Source : Wikipedia

We’re always learning new words aren’t we? Is that not great? Interestingly, how many of us actually knows how to use these 100 words  – said to be some sort of benchmark to measure our command in the English language. I had a look at the list and I discovered that I don’t know much of it. Blimey.



1. enn0suke - August 16, 2007

this ‘coup de grâce’ sounds a bit like ‘euthanasia’. Icarus and Daedalus – cikgu aku pesan dulu : Freedom also got a limit. Toksah terbang tinggi sangat, lagi tinggi ko terbang, lagi teruk ko hancur bila jatuh.
“Blimey”.. haha! Seen this word a lot lately (reading the Harry Potter series). Btw, good luck for ur Final Year next week.

2. adiratna - August 16, 2007

Icarus: The man with wings in Geek myths. Came through the word too many times when playing “GOD OF WAR” games ( I & II ).

Coup de grace : Rasanya salah satu masa I came across this is in Da Vinci Code. He ended his suffering after leaving the clue.

Another 100 words: hahahah jap lagi baru check

3. jet - August 16, 2007

hoh..bijaknyeh kamen..tengs for the ilmu..wahai ilmuwan..

4. azli - August 16, 2007

saudari minci memang sgt ilmuan, saya ingin menjadikan saudari idola saya, jet perlulah mengikuti jejak langkah beliau, saya rasa

5. Helenad - August 16, 2007

my new word for today is MBAK..which is an indonesian word for makcik

kabare mbak yasmin ..


6. baez - August 16, 2007

rajinnyeh kakminci mempelajari bahse baru
daku terpaku seraya nannes
eh kakmin daku ada perkataan baru

minculat = minci ulat = minci suka baca buku

(rujukan : kamus pustaka ihab)

7. baez - August 16, 2007

hey azli motif ko sgt skema?

8. jet - August 16, 2007

yeh..perhaps i shud be more like her..but no-way..i am me maa..[sambil duduk dibelakang baez sbg pelindung]

9. Puteri Nad :( - August 16, 2007


10. Minci - August 16, 2007

Terima kasih dan pesanan cikgu kau sgtlah bernas.. wajar diingat sampai bebila..

ooooooo.. ada ker game dia… wow..

wahai agamawan.. eh.. bukan.. haha..sama2..sila abaikan azli penyamar itu..

ah yer ah yer.. matilah dikau absorb dlm dunia sendiri..

oh..tersuspen kejap masa baca ‘mbak’.. haha..silap hurop jadi lain plak..tahniah mbak helenad..sila ajarkan vocab lain plak.. 🙂

Baez ,
vocab minculat mcm kelaka je bunyi

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