VALUE JUDGMENT: a statement which declares something to be “right” or “wrong” ; a personal preference portrayed as a standard

As children we were constantly receiving value judgments from parents, teachers, neighbors, or anyone who thought they had the right to influence our choices. No, don’t eat that.  It’s bad. Good little boys don’t do that. We never say that in public. You must always do what your teacher says. Good writers never use that […]

BELLICOSE: belligerent, hostile, aggressive

There are people who are on a short fuse.  They are primed, wired, and ready to strike out at the slightest provocation.  Sometimes it is a responsive thing, in which the person is generally peaceful and capable of participating in life situations on a “normal” level.  But when pushed, backed into a corner, or challenged, […]

REACTIONARY: violently opposed to progressive change

In all the mud-slinging and name-calling we have experienced in the political battles over the past year, one word seems to be missing.  Reactionary.  We hear about liberals, ultra-liberals, conservatives and ultra-conservatives.  Left, right, moderate.    But the term reactionary has been missing, at least from my ears. It is a good, descriptive word for those […]