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About 16,000 words have succumbed to pressures of the Internet age and lost their hyphens in a new edition of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

Bumble-bee is now bumblebee, ice-cream is ice cream and pot-belly is pot belly.

And if you've got a problem, don't be such a crybaby (formerly cry-baby)

Researchers examined a corpus of more than 2 billion words, consisting of full sentences that appeared in newspapers, books, Web sites and blogs from 2000 onwards.

For the most part, the dictionary dropped hyphens from compound nouns, which were unified in a single word (e.g. pigeonhole) or split into two (e.g. test tube).

Formerly hyphenated words split in two:

fig leaf, hobby horse, ice cream, pin money, pot belly, test tube, water bed.

Formerly hyphenated words unified in one:

bumblebee, chickpea, crybaby, leapfrog, logjam, lowlife, pigeonhole, touchline, waterborne.


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A community college instructor in Red Oak claims he was fired after he told his students that the biblical story of Adam and Eve should not be literally interpreted.

Bitterman, who taught part time at Southwestern and Omaha's Metropolitan Community College, said he uses the Old Testament in his western civilization course and always teaches it from an academic standpoint.


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Howard Gardner of Harvard has identified seven distinct intelligences. This theory has emerged from recent cognitive research and "documents the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways," according to Gardner (1991)
  1. Visual-Spatial - think in terms of physical space, as do architects and sailors.
  2. Bodily-kinesthetic - use the body effectively, like a dancer or a surgeon.
  3. Musical - show sensitivity to rhythm and sound. They love music, but they are also sensitive to sounds in their environments
  4. Interpersonal - understanding, interacting with others. These students learn through interaction.
  5. Intrapersonal - understanding one's own interests, goals. These learners tend to shy away from others.
  6. Linguistic - using words effectively. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and often think in words.
  7. Logical -Mathematical - reasoning, calculating. Think conceptually, abstractly