LAME DUCK: an elected official or group continuing to hold political office during the period between the election and the inauguration of a successor


The Miriam Webster Online Dictionary is my source for the definition of the term Lame Duck today.  I looked at a number of definitions from other sources, but theirs was the clearest about something that I have suspected.  Someplace in my ancient history I was led to believe that a lame duck is, as they say, […]

SHORT SHRIFT: little attention or consideration in dealing with a person or matter


I suspect that everyone has one of those reocurring dreams that has something to do with (her) career.   As a student it usually had something to do with getting to the day before graduation and receiving a message that the registrar has discovered that you lack one math course in order to meet the graduation […]

OFTEN : frequently


    You may be scratching your head and asking yourself why I would choose such a common, easily-understood word as the focus of today’s blog posting.   I don’t blame you. But the reason I chose the word often is that it may well be one of the most mis-pronounced words in American English.   It […]

AFTER MY OWN HEART: in keeping with one’s taste or preference


“Ahhh, she’s a woman after my own heart.” How many times have we heard that, or said that?   It’s a common enough phrase which means that a person is someone who shares the same values as the speaker.   It doesn’t have to be a big thing.   Sometimes it’s just a thought that is shared when […]

CORDUROY [KAWR-duh-roi]: a cotton-filling pile fabric with lengthwise cords or ridges


It has been wonderful to pull my “cords” from the closet to wear this past couple of weeks.   They are my pants that are made of corduroy, a fabric made from cotton, but with vertical ridges.   The fabric is used for casual/dressy clothing…everything from pants to jackets, vests, coats, dresses, skirts, and even upholstery.  For […]

BOXING DAY: the first weekday after Christmas, when Christmas gifts or boxes are given to employees, letter carriers, etc.

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No, Boxing Day has nothing to do with pugilistic events.  To the contrary, it is a day of showing respect and appreciation to those who assist us in our lives.  That includes such people as fire fighters, police, the postal delivery person, etc.   They are often the people who are forgotten in the list of […]