UNCANNY: strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.


There are people who tend to speak in superlatives all the time.  Things are “extraordinary, absolutely perfect, incredulous.” After a while of listening to these people we tend to discount their evaluations, recognizing that everything is distorted to the magnificent…even the most mundane of items, issues, or people. One of the words often used to […]

ANGST [ahngkst] : neurotic fear, anxiety, guilt, remorse *

  I came across  the word angst three times yesterday, once in a newspaper article, once on NPR, and once on TV.  It may be a sign that we are living in a time of great anxiety.  Given the American  political scene, the ecological issues facing our world, and the economic woes befalling so many […]

DOPPELGANGER: ghost-like apparition of one’s “other self”

In common parlance a doppelganger is a person who is so identical in looks to another person (think Tina Fey/Sarah Palin) that it is uncanny.   I have a friend  who looks so much like me that we are frequently confused by people.  We both go to the same coffee shop so it happens all the […]