The secret to scientific discoveries? Making mistakes | Phil Plait

Important Vocabulary Words From The Video


Gloriously means very happily or proudly. She gloriously danced the night away.

  • The wedding was gloriously beautiful.
  • The victory was gloriously sweet.

Egotistical means self-centered. Someone who is egotistical is usually very self-promoting and thinks of themselves as the best person in the world.

  • He is very egotistical, and he thinks that he is the best basketball player in the world.
  • She is very egotistical, and she thinks that she is the best cook in the world.

To be plagued by something is to be constantly bothered by it. Something might be plaguing you if it's always on your mind, or if it's constantly bothering you.

  • The rain was plaguing her because it was always coming down hard.
  • The mosquitoes were plaguing her because they were always biting her.

To methodically do something is to do it in a careful, orderly way. You might methodically sweep the floor, or you might methodically cook a meal.

  • He methodically went through the file cabinet, looking for the document that he was looking for.
  • She methodically cleaned the kitchen, starting with the kitchen table.

Orbited is a Verb. When you orbit something, you are moving around it in a circle.

  • The planet orbits the sun.
  • The moon orbits Earth.

To chastise someone is to scold them or to give them a punishment. When your parents chastise you, they are usually trying to teach you a lesson.

  • He was scolded for his behavior, and he promised to behave better in the future.
  • She was scolded for her poor performance, and she was given a punishment.

An exoplanet is a planet that is not located in our solar system. We've found a few exoplanets so far, but we're still trying to find more.

  • The astronomers have been searching for exoplanets for years.
  • We're still trying to find new exoplanets, but we've found a few so far.

Exoplanets are planets that are not located in our own solar system. They are usually found by using a telescope to look for signs of life.

  • There are over 200 known exoplanets, and we are still finding new ones every day.
  • We are still trying to find evidence that proves that humans are capable of living on an exoplanet.

When a floodgate is open, water is flowing freely through it. This can be a good or a bad thing.

  • The floodgates were opened to let the water out, which was a good thing.
  • The floodgates were opened to let the water in, which was a bad thing.