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 […]

BULLY: a word with several meanings


It seems inconceivable that anyone would not know what it means to be a bully, or to be bullied by someone.   But I overheard a conversation in Starbucks the other day in which a woman said to her friends, “I don’t really know what a bully is.”  Her incredulous friends gasped, commented with demeaning references […]