NAFF: inferior or in poor taste


The word  naff is clearly British, but it has its place in American English, as well. It is a term which means something (or someone)which is singularly inferior.    To be inferior is not something that is organic; it is a judgment that is imposed. I love the Eleanor Roosevelt quote at the right which makes […]

DISCONCERTING: upsetting,confusing, usually in the face of something totally unexpected; perplexing


While the cartoon I have chosen for today is funny, everything relating to the word disconcerting is not funny. Usually, the word is more related to the definition of upsetting or confusing. If someone is following a map, for instance, and finds themself in the wrong place, it can be really disconcerting.   I am not […]


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Norman Rockwell Cover: Jill Stanek

INDICT [in-DAHYT]: to bring a formal accusation against, as a means of bringing to trial


  I have to admit to being torn about the situation in Ferguson, Missouri.  As one who always bends toward being the protector of the weak, it would be normal for me to jump head-long into protesting the treatment of the young man who was killed.  There is a part of me that has gone […]

DUDE: a guy


  When you hear the word dude all kinds of images might swirl through your brain.  It’s a word that has been around for a long, long time.  Therefore, it has accumulated a number of meanings, depending upon the setting and the circumstances. Perhaps your first encounter with the word dude may have been in […]

PROACTIVE: to prepare for something before it happens


There are clearly two ways to approach a complexity:  by anticipating an issue in advance or by reacting to an issue after it happens.   It is pretty commonly believed that anticipation of issues is more productive and allows for greater participation in the outcome.   That is what is called being proactive.  Etymologically, this is a […]