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 […]

HYPERBOLIC: exaggerated

You’ve heard the fish stories before about “the one that got away.”  It was always the biggest, fattest fish in the lake.  Just before I was about to net it and draw it into the boat the line broke and the fish swam away, after looking me in the eye as if to say, “Thought […]

SUPERLATIVE: of the highest kind, quality, or order; surpassing all else or others; supreme; extreme

Frequently I am critical of those who gravitate to superlatives without restraint. Everything is the greatest, the best, or the most wonderful. There are no gradations, no limitations, or no less than outstanding. This is especially true when people talk about their children or their grandchildren. But last night we sat in a restaurant on […]