CONCUSSION: injury to the brain or spinal cord due to jarring from a blow, fall, or the like. *

concussion

Not having been athletic at any point in my life, I have been spared from many of the injuries and maladies suffered by friends and companions.   However, it doesn’t mean that I have been home free. A year or so ago I was injured in a home accident and I was thrown to the floor […]

CEREBRAL: characterized by the use of the intellect rather than intuition or instinct*

cerebral

There are many uses for the word cerebral in the realm of medicine and other sciences.   They all have to do with the brain and the various ways in which the brain controls the human body.  Some also deal with disease, such as cerebral palsy, clearly one of the worst diseases to attack the human […]

UNDERDOG: a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose

underdog

Be careful how you respond to the public announcements about who is the anticipated victor and who is the underdog. Thomas Dewey, Governor of New York, was the leading Republican candidate for President of the United States in 1948.  He had lots of notoriety, money, and prestige.  Right up until the last minute is was […]

OSTENSIBLY: outwardly appearing as such

OSTENSIBLY

I tried being a basketball referee at one time.   I was a provisional licensee while I was still in college, and took a couple of turns at officiating jayvee games.   Two was enough.  I’m not cut out for it.   There is nothing a ref can do which is correct.  Everything is questioned, sometimes vociferously.   After […]

AGILITY: physical or mental quickness

rubics

I suspect that most of us think of physical activity when we hear the word agility.  In my case it has to do with that quality which has never been attributed to me.  Agility in physical activity implies that the person has lithe, flexible moves, making (him) capable of twisting, turning, and bending to do […]

MOLLIFY : pacify; appease

To mollify is to bring peace, but it isn’t always seen as a positive thing. It is a word that comes from Old French, meaning “to soften,” often referring to such products as leather or dough. In some cases, to mollify means to coddle, or give in to.  If someone mollifies a dispute by abandoning […]