UNCANNY: strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.


There are people who tend to speak in superlatives all the time.  Things are “extraordinary, absolutely perfect, incredulous.” After a while of listening to these people we tend to discount their evaluations, recognizing that everything is distorted to the magnificent…even the most mundane of items, issues, or people. One of the words often used to […]

RELEGATE: to consign to a lesser position

There’s a world of difference between the words relegate and delegate.   If someone is delegated they are given the authority to represent a person or an organization.  However, if someone is relegated to the end of the bench, (he) is  assigned the least significant place on the team. To be relegated is a subtle way […]

DEFERENCE: respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another

There are some who would identify deference as a weakness.  In an age and society in which getting ahead at any cost prevails, the idea of acknowledging the superiority of another can be seen as a sign of inferiority.  Those who strive for the top of the pile might subscribe to the theory that one […]