SCLEROTIC [skli-ROT-ik]: hardened, blocking

sclerotic

Most of us are familiar with the term sclerosis as it is used in the medical sense.  It refers to organs which harden and become less effective or even ineffective.  There are various causes for such conditions, and most of the results are damaging and of a serious nature. Sclerosis is a word which comes […]

PENSION: a fixed amount paid to a retired employee

It appears that pensions were first established in Europe in the seventeenth century, the first in the United States showing up as benefits to widows of Revolutionary War veterans.  The primary incentive seems to have been recognition of one’s service to the country which interrupted one’s life and employment  and the modest situation in which […]