Probably this word, longshot, is most familiar from the realm of horse racing. It is a horse that is not believed to be awfully good. The odds on the horse winning are very low. The person who bets on this horse is said to be betting on a longshot, who, if he wins, will pay […]
LONGSHOT: an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.
When someone whispers in your ear that they have “the scuttlebutt” on someone or something…beware! It is as if they had said to you, “I have the latest fabrication, lie, exaggeration, or rumor on a person.” It is information not to be trusted. Now, sometimes it’s the truth. But the word scuttlebutt leans toward the […]
Casual talk can be fun; it can be interesting. One can learn a lot from such an experience. I, for instance, go to Starbucks just about every day, and sit with the same people. They are very interesting people, and in our coffee klatch we cover a myriad of topics from politics, religion, and the […]
You’re probably familiar with the chemical meaning for the word toxic. It describes chemicals, venoms, mushrooms, or other substances that are poisonous and capable of killing someone. Toxic is a word that comes from Latin and Greek origins, toxicum being the Latin word for “poisonous.” Interestingly, the Greek word, toxikòn phármakon, means “bow poison,” […]
There are clearly two ways to approach a complexity: by anticipating an issue in advance or by reacting to an issue after it happens. It is pretty commonly believed that anticipation of issues is more productive and allows for greater participation in the outcome. That is what is called being proactive. Etymologically, this is a […]