SIMPLISTIC: overly simple


There’s a great deal of difference between something being simple and simplistic.Both words stem from the same origin, obviously.   Simplisme is a word from the French language which means…simple, easy, not complex.    But the word simplistic is an American construction, not having appeared until the end of the 19th century.   It is a word which […]

ENGENDER: bring or come into being


The act of creating is a sensation which is incomparable.   Whether it be parents who celebrate the birth of a child, an author who publishes a new novel, a stage company who open a new show, a carpenter who finishes a deck, or a child who brings a school-made valentine home to Mom, creation is […]

PREDILECTION [pred-l-EK-shuhn] : a partiality or preference for something

I love things in their original form.   Especially when it comes to food.  My family get irritated every time I say to them, “No thanks, I’m a purist.”   It has to do with almost every kind of food you can imagine.  I just prefer them the way they were invented to be.   Like meatloaf, that […]

ZEITGEIST [TSAHYT-gahyst] : what’s happening in a specific environment at a particular time

Wikipedia says zeitgeist is “ the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambiance, morals, sociocultural direction, and mood associated with the current era.”   That’s a lot of words, but they make sense.   Zeitgeist is a term that comes directly from the German […]

ALGORITHM: a set of rules for finding a solution in a specific number of steps

No, you don’t have to be a well-schooled mathematician in order to understand today’s posting.   While algorithm is a word appropriately identified with advanced mathematics to describe a process for solving problems, it is not restricted to that realm.  If it were, I would have hit the delete button long before this.  Math and I […]

ALLEGORY: a symbolic representation of a concept

An allegory is a visualization of an idea.   Does that sound complicated?  It’s not. Blind Justice, the statue shown in today’s illustration, is a perfect example of an allegorical symbol.  It is an artistic representation of a concept, that true justice is blind to such things as race, creed, place of origin, gender, economic status, […]