JUDGMENTAL: of or denoting an attitude in which personal assessments about other people’s conduct are made


First of all…there’s a spelling issue we have to put to rest immediately.   Many of us like to spell judgement with an “e” in the middle of it.  By tradition there is no “e,” the word is spelled judgment.  Having said that, there is a new “permission” being given by some editors to spell it […]

Torture: the act of inflicting excruciating pain, as punishment or revenge, as a means of getting a confession or information, or for sheer cruelty.


This is certainly not the only place you will be reading about torture today.   With the Senate report of the events undertaken by the CIA since 9/11/01, the news media has been overwhelming with articles and commentary.   The people of this nation are either horrified by what they are reading and hearing or rushing to […]

RAPE: involuntary sexual attack on a person


The media has been full of stories relating to rape recently.  It’s not clear to me whether the incidents are more frequent or if it’s just another symptom of the media age in which we live.  Social media inspires disclosure of issues that might have been handled more discreetly in ages past. But whatever the […]

FIRED: to be dismissed from a job/position involuntarily


There’s something that has bothered me for a long, long time, and I think it’s time to get it off my chest. It bothers the heck out of me that every time something goes wrong in a company or an industry, or in some other highly visible organization, there is a cry and hue in […]

MARIJUANA: the dried leaves and female flowers of the hemp plant


It seems as if there are more inches of newsprint given over to the issue of the legalization of marijuana these days than to the civil war in Syria, the Russian threats to Ukraine, or the various tragedies around the world.   It is the “darling” topic of the media. I suppose it all “took off” […]

SULLY: to stain or tarnish


The word sully is usually used in connection with the words “one’s reputation.”   It refers to the intentional act of defaming someone, of saying or doing something that stains their reputation and destroys their integrity in the public’s eyes.  It is a word that comes to us in English from the French  word souiller  which means […]