PANIC panic 1 |ˈpanik|
sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior : she hit him in panic | [in sing. ] he ran to the library in a blind panic.
• widespread financial or commercial apprehension provoking hasty action : he caused an economic panic by his sudden resignation | [as adj. ] panic selling.
• informal a frenzied hurry to do something : a workload of constant panics and rush jobs.
verb ( -icked |ˈpønɪkt|, -icking |ˈpønɪkɪŋ|) [ intrans. ]
be affected by panic : the crowd panicked and stampeded for the exit.
• [ trans. ] cause to feel panic : talk of love panicked her.
panicky |ˈpønəki| adjective
ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from French panique, from modern Latin panicus, from Greek panikos, from the name of the god Pan , noted for causing terror, to whom woodland noises were attributed.
panic 2 |ˈpønɪk| |ˈpanɪk| (also panic grass)
any of a number of cereal and fodder grasses related to millet. • Panicum and related genera, family Gramineae.
ORIGIN late Middle English : from Latin panicum, from panus ‘ear of millet’ (literally ‘thread wound on a bobbin’ ), based on Greek pēnos ‘web,’ pēnion ‘bobbin.’
CRISES crisis |ˈkrīsis|
noun ( pl. -ses |-ˌsēz|)
a time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger : the current economic crisis | a family in crisis | a crisis of semiliteracy among high school graduates.
• a time when a difficult or important decision must be made : [as adj. ] a crisis point of history.
• the turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death.
• the point in a play or story when a crucial conflict takes place, determining the outcome of the plot.
ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting the turning point of a disease): medical Latin, from Greek krisis ‘decision,’ from krinein ‘decide.’ The general sense [decisive point] dates from the early 17th cent.
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Bush: I assure citizens around the world that this is not the end McCain "every American and the entire economy at the gravest risk."
"I may fail a first or second or third time, but we have to get this job done for America. And I have a plan to restore our economy,
" McCain Sen. Barack Obama has largely stayed out of the bailout negotiations
Belgium, France and Luxembourg inject $9.2 billion to keep Dexia bank afloat
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The French government will invest €1 billion, with its state investment arm Caisse des Depots et Consignations injecting €2 billion.
This will give France a 25 percent stake The French government will invest €1 billion, with its state investment arm Caisse des Depots et Consignations injecting €2 billion.
-- It used to be called "the love that dare not speak its name" -- particularly in Hollywood, where the revelation of homosexuality was believed to be a career-killer. "It's certainly positive that there is such a dramatic increase," GLAAD's president, Neil Giuliano, told said.
"Number one, it reflects society, and the fact that we are more visible, and it also makes good television.Portrayals are almost more honest and real."
NASA's Phoenix spacecraft has discovered evidence of past water at its Martian landing site and spotted falling snow for the first time, scientists reported Monday.
Polar bears resort to cannibalism as Arctic ice shrinks
Palin, the Republican nominee for vice president, often talks about her experience running Wasilla, population approximately 7,000, and that has prompted close scrutiny of her record there. Wasilla's practice of charging victims for their rape exams while she was mayor has gotten wide circulation on the Internet and in the mainstream media.
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Obama said Wednesday that he would be willing to meet with any leader if he thought it would promote the national security interests of the United States, but he said there is a difference between "meeting without preconditions and meeting without preparations."
Earlier this month, Obama said that he had used "poor phrasing."
When asked by a reporter, Obama clarified his remarks made during a debate last summer that he would be willing to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea "without precondition."
The Obama campaign has since added nuance to that position, particularly regarding meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In Iceland, millions of fat-beaked birds flock to form the world's largest colony of Atlantic puffins.
Sixty percent of the world's population breeds there, where in the 1890s, puffin feathers became fashionable.
Hunters in the Westmann Islands used big nets to catch hundreds of the birds at once.
But just a few years they almost wiped out the entire puffin population.
Since then, using the big nets has been illegal and hunters now go after individual birds with a sort of overgrown lacrosse stick.
Some of those birds end up on dinner plates, and local conservationists are not upset.
The Madness of it all.