OFF THE RECORD: is it still possible in this day and age?

off the record

  The term “Off the Record” has to be traced to Latin, where the word recordari means to preserve a note, or to recollect.  But from there we have to go to the modern practice of journalism, where the complete term means to gain information from someone with a promise that it won’t be published.  […]

CERTAINTY: without a doubt


There is little in life about which one can be absolutely certain.  Except, maybe, that one day each of us will die.   In spite of cryogenics (the freezing of the body in expectation that it will be restored to life) I don’t know of any sane person who believes that (she) will avoid death. But […]

CONTEMPORARY: of the present time; modern


I realized the other day that I use the word contemporary a lot.   It’s usually a way of distinguishing between things that are traditional and those that are current.   The range of subjects is massive, from architecture (as in the photo to the right) to language usage. So I found myself asking the question, “What […]

Résumé: a listing of your life experiences and accomplishments


My wife and I were talking about résumés   the other day and commented on the various pieces of advice we had been given over the years.  Much of it, it turns out, was advice to make a person sound like a perfect fit for a specific job.  It may even have included some information which […]

OBFUSCATE [OB-fuh-skeyt]: to make obscure, foggy or unclear


To intentionally obfuscate an issue is to do something that makes it nearly impossible for someone to see the point clearly.  It is to insert fogginess into something that should be quite clear.  It is a malicious act to confuse and bewilder someone. Obfuscation is a word which comes from “late Latin,”  that segment of […]