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to leave in the lurch

to leave in the lurch

  A game of tric-trac (about 1630), by the Dutch painter Judith Leyster (1609-60) image: Worcester Art Museum       MEANING   to leave an associate or friend abruptly and without assistance or support when they are in a difficult situation     ORIGIN   FRENCH & GERMAN   Middle French lourche was the […]

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ignoramus

ignoramus

      Title page of George Ruggle‘s Ignoramus (1630 edition)         An ignoramus (plural ignoramuses) is an ignorant or stupid person.       It was originally a legal formula of quite different significance.   It is a Latin word, literally meaning we do not know, from the verb ignorare (the origin […]

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malaria

malaria

  Malaria remains one of the most important causes of human morbidity and mortality worldwide, with a tremendous impact in the developing world. Theories on the cause and transmission of malaria have evolved over time, from Hippocrates’ theory of bad air in the 5th Century BC to our current understanding of plasmodial organisms as the […]

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