LINGO: the language and speech, especially the jargon of a particular field, group, or individual:

FLY BALL

I’m having fun listening to the commentators for Major League Baseball.  I spend most of my time following the Red Sox, so Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy have become part of our family.   Don is a little bit more professional as a commentator, and Jerry is a retired Red Sox second baseman.   Their approach to […]

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 […]

TIE A BOW ON THIS PIG: to make something good out of a bad situation

bow on a pig

Anyone who was paying attention during the presidential election of 2008 will remember the numerous times the idiom, “like putting lipstick on a pig,” was employed.   The entire idiom continued, “It’s still a pig.”  While it’s a humorous idiom, it was used in  a sexist, nasty way to refer to Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate […]

PINKIE FINGER: the fifth digit on the hand

pinky

When burly professional baseball player, Edwin Encarnacion, who plays for the Toronto Blue Jays, had to leave the Red Sox game on Friday night, it was because he had jammed a finger while sliding into a base.  The injury didn’t present a problem until he took a turn at the bat.  The force of hitting […]

AMYGDALA [uh-MIG-duh-luh]: two almond-shaped groups of neurons located deep within the center of the brain

amygdala

I know that my banner says that this blog will focus upon words used in common language.  And today is an exception.   I doubt very much if many of you (or any of you, for that part) use the word amygdala in regular conversations.   Unless, of course, you may happen to be a psychiatrist or […]

RAREFIED : understood by only a small group of people : only for people who know about a particular thing *

rarefied 2

The other day a sports reporter indicated that you could experience rarefied air surrounding the pitcher’s mound at Fenway Park.   His point was that the pitching was so good that it was unusual. To have used the term rarefied means one of two things: either the situation was unique to the point that you had […]