SECURITY: the feeling that all is under control and I am safe

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Linus, the little kid in the Peanuts cartoon, is connected at the hip to his security blanket. That is to say, Linus believes he cannot exist without having his “blankee” safe in hand. He drags it everywhere he goes,and when it’s among the missing, he deteriorates to being a little kid without an identity. Security […]

BEHEST: an earnest or strongly worded request.


There’s a difference between a request and a behest. A request can be gentle, subtle, or even ambiguous.   It may be as gentle as a note left on the refrigerator door: If anyone gets the time, the dog poop in the backyard needs to be cleaned up.” Or it could be a specific task aimed […]

AMBIGUITY [am-bi-GYOO-i-tee]: vagueness, lacking in clarity

In most cases the word ambiguity may be used as a negative, meaning that the speaker or the writer has been vague and it is difficult to understand the point (she) is making.  The reader or listener is seeking clarity and is dissatisfied with the way in which the point is being masked by vague, […]