SELF-REFERENTIAL PARADOX: a self-eliminating statement which appears to contradict itself

S-R paradox

Just take a moment to read the messages on both the red and the blue buttons in the illustration for this blog.  It is the easiest way to describe the phenomenon known as self-referential paradox. To begin with, a paradox is a seemingly sound piece of reasoning based on apparently true assumptions that leads to […]

QUOTIDIAN [kwoh-TID-ee-uhn]: ordinary, commonplace, daily, customary


I have to keep remembering that this is an adjective.  Quotidian is not an “it”;  quotidian is a descriptive word that is used to modify a noun.   As in: Her quotidian article about the Iraq situation could have been any one of a dozen published in the newspaper that day.  It was boring.” I first […]

OPINE [oh-PAHYN]: the forming of judgment or stating an opinion


The encouraging of people to express an opinion carries a risk with it.   It might just be that the opinion expressed is troublesome…and may actually be counter to the very point that you are trying to make.   But if you are truthful that you are really looking for diverse opinions, you are safe in opening […]

POLL: the report of a random sampling of peoples’ opinions

There comes a point where too much information clogs the intellectual system.  Try as one might, though, you can’t turn off the spigot.   The information just keeps coming and coming. I feel that way about political polls these days.  Every day there are poll statistics reported that try to assess the latest trends in political […]

OPINE: to express an opinion

It sounds like an old-fashioned word to me, but I love the word opine. (/oh-PINE/)  As you would have guessed, it means to offer one’s own opinion on something.  It isn’t a negative word; neither is it a positive word.  It is neutral.  It just describes the act of expressing an opinion. So, today is […]