QUID PRO QUO: one thing in return for another.

Quid pro quo is commonly understood to mean “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.”  That is to say, “you do me a favor and I’ll do one for you.”   The phrase comes from Latin, meaning “something for something.” In the business world, quid pro quo is an ordinary concept, in which one business […]

TRICKLE DOWN: a theory of economics which says that benefits come to the ordinary person from expansion of the wealth of corporations and their owners

The trickle down theory of economics is commonly attributed to President Ronald Reagan who championed the idea during his terms in the White House.   It is based upon the theory that if the nation intentionally nourishes the wealthy class the result will be benefits that will “trickle down” to the rest of the people in […]

CONTRAPTION: a mechanical device

Some people get a real kick out of building things.   If the object they build has a good function, all the better.  But for some people, just building something suffices.  Many times the object they build qualifies as a contraption.  That is to say, it is a mechanical device which may, or may not, have […]

IATROGENIC [ahy-a-truh-JEN-ik]: a medical disorder caused by the inadvertent diagnosis, manner, or treatment of a physician

“ Sometimes the cure is worse than the disease.” How many times have we heard this, or something like it?  There’s  no question that some therapies required as treatment for serious illnesses are painful, nauseating, debillitating, and just plain awful.   But the hope is that the therapy is temporary and the result is permanent. The […]

KILROY WAS HERE: a piece of graffiti from World War II

Anything that brings a moment of humor to men and women in the military who are deployed to fierce battle areas is welcome.  Such was the case during World War II when a simple, easily-copied piece of graffiti began to appear on walls, sides of buildings, and even on bombs waiting to be dropped on […]

HEDCUT: a unique form of illustration feautured in the Wall Street Journal

It is next to impossible to see a hedcut illustration without recognizing its place on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.  Adopted in 1979  as a brand, hedcuts have become a form of art which utilizes special techniques for identifying prominent characteristics of a portrait. Hedcut is a name for this illustration type, […]