HATE: intense dislike; extreme aversion or hostility.


Over the past week I have encountered any number of people who said to me, “I hate Tom Brady.” As a fan of the New England Patriots I found these comments to be particularly painful.  I understand that the comment is probably not meant to be taken literally, but how can I hear it any […]

MEME [meem]: an idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.

I have tried two or three times to characterize the word meme without success.  It’s a word that is employed frequently in the media.   Finally, I went to the source of the word, author/scientist/speaker Richard Dawkins.  He is credited with coining the term, a reduction of a Greek word for “mimic” combined with the word […]

IMPETUOUS [im-PECH-oo-uh s] : impulsive, an action done without a lot of thinking

Yes, in case you recognize the torso of the cliff jumper in the photo, it is Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have to search very far to find an article about him which fits today’s word, impetuous.  In his short, but colorful, career, there have been dozens of times when his picture has appeared on the […]

TIGHT: close, intimate, best buddies

I heard someone on the radio say, “We were really tight when we were younger, but I haven’t seen him in years.” It occurred to me that the term “tight” has many meanings, ranging from the unpacking of  last years’ summer clothing to the car squeezed into the garage with all the “stuff” that’s stored […]

METTLE: to have strength, courage, fortitude

tom brady

Something happened in the sports world recently that deserves the attention it is receiving.   Tom Brady, the quarterback of the New England Patriots NFL team negotiated a three year contract that will take him to 2017 when he will be 40 years of age.   That will make him one of the “older” players in the […]

SWASHBUCKLING: a swaggering or flamboyant adventurer

Although used most commonly in reference to pirates, the term swashbuckler need not be boxed in.  It is a term found in literature as early as the 16th century, and seems to have something to do with fencing.  A swashbuckler is someone who “bounces his sword  off the shield of an opponent.” As the centuries […]