ANARCHY: a state of lawlessness or disorder in society*


Anarchy is a word that strikes terror into the hearts of many people.  I may be one of them, but I’m not sure yet. I was at a street band concert one evening last year and spotted a group of people who were there who identified themselves as anarchists.  To me they looked like a […]

OPINE [oh-PAHYN]: the forming of judgment or stating an opinion


The encouraging of people to express an opinion carries a risk with it.   It might just be that the opinion expressed is troublesome…and may actually be counter to the very point that you are trying to make.   But if you are truthful that you are really looking for diverse opinions, you are safe in opening […]

SULLY: to stain or tarnish


The word sully is usually used in connection with the words “one’s reputation.”   It refers to the intentional act of defaming someone, of saying or doing something that stains their reputation and destroys their integrity in the public’s eyes.  It is a word that comes to us in English from the French  word souiller  which means […]

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 […]

Ally: a person, group, or nation that is associated with another or others for some common cause or purpose:


There are some words that we use regularly that just seem to be clear, but aren’t.   Ally is one of them. Ever since the two World Wars we have used the term freely, it being understood just which nations were allies of the United States, and which ones weren’t.   Having been born during WWII, it […]

STATE: condition, status


When the President steps before the microphone Tuesday evening to deliver the 2014 State of the Union Address, the eyes of the nation…indeed, the eyes of the world…will be upon him.   It is this annual speech to which the people turn to hear the agenda for the next year…as the President hopes it to be. […]