HIJACKED: to seize a vehicle by force or threat of force


For the past three weeks the media has been focused upon the disappearance of the flight from Malaysia to China.   It has disappeared.   For some strange reason yet to be determined, the plane lost contact with the ground after leaving Malaysia en route to Bejing and just disappeared. There have been all kinds of speculations […]

GRIT: firmness of character; indomitable spirit; pluck

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When I was a kid it was common for a boy’s  first job  to be selling  Grit newspaper door to door.  It was a conservative, family-focused pubication which had been around since the late 1800′s.   And, yes, it was sold by boys.  It was part of the culture of the times that “newsboys” were employed […]

REALITY: the world or the state of things as they actually exist, as opposed to an idealistic or notional idea of them.


The entertainment industry understands the difference between fantasy and reality. It is the difference between “The Big Bang Theory”  and  “The Taste.”   One is a piece of fiction and the other is real people doing real things and experiencing real emotions.    If, in “The Big Bang Theory” a mistake is made in the filming they can […]

POST-OLYMPIC DEPRESSION: the feeling of sadness after the flame has been extinguished


The noise, the crowds, the excitement, the food, the drinks, the music, the awards ceremonies, TV trucks from all over the world, interviews on every corner, and personalities willing to sign autographs. It is magical.   It is the Olympics. But then comes the hard part.  A closing ceremony, the passing of the Olympic flag […]

COUNTER-INTUITIVE: the opposite to what intuition would lead you to believe


There are lots and lots of examples out there to explain the meaning of the word counter-intuitive.  Many of them are funny.  Some not so funny. The word is a portmanteau (two words combined to make one word), merging counter (meaning against) and intuitive (meaning the use of the mind to determine something.)   If something […]

PHONEUR: A person, especially a pedestrian, who interacts with or engages the world mostly through a mobile phone


It’s against the law to do it in the car.   But walking along the street with a cell phone plastered to your ear is still legal.    Now there’s a word to describe such a person.  That pedestrian is a phoneur.  It’s a word that has been around since 2001, according to Word Spy, one of […]