GRIEVE [greev]: to feel sorrow


It seems that the fact of death has become more and more common in my life lately.  Do you suppose that it has anything to do with the fact that I am now an “older American?”    But the issue of death is not reserved to older people.   There have also been numerous instances of deaths […]

AGNOSTIC : a person who does not believe or is unsure of something


  It’s easy for people to confuse two words:  agnostic and atheist.   There’s a huge difference, and it matters. An atheist, in a most simplistic definition, is someone who does not believe that there is a God.  There is no questioning or wavering.  It is a certainty. An agnostic, however, is someone who questions whether […]

MEME: a reminder of a previous post

A number of weeks ago I published a blog posting featuring the word meme.  At the time I took a pretty academic approach to the word, not expecting it to crop up as dramatically as it has this morning. In numerous accounts of the presidential debate which was held last night in New York, the […]

NONCE WORDS: words that are created for the moment, not expecting to use them again apart from this event

Sorry about the gross photo accompanying this posting, but it was the closest thing I could find to illustrate the meaning of today’s post:  nonce words.  Basically a nonce word is one created for the moment, to describe an event for which there is no known word. When I was in college (seems like a […]