Final Word from Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Glossary of difficult words
Comment to today's text: As one informed reader wrote, "The president of the Academy of Sciences is elected by the members of the Academic Assembly. It might be surprising, but the government has no say in these elections." This was an oversight on our part based on Drahoš's comment that he "survived five prime ministers."
helm - a position of leadership;
to trivialize - to make (something) seem less important, significant, or complex than it really is;
obsolescence - the process or state of no longer being produced or used;
to portend - be a sign or warning that something (esp. something momentous or calamitous) is likely to happen;
to make up for - to compensate for.