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 […]

THE IDES OF MARCH: the 15th of March

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This is the day.   Beware of being in the presence of your political enemies.   This is the day on which Julius Caeser was stabbed to death by his frenemies while attending a meeting of the Senate of Rome.   He had been warned in advance that danger would befall him before the Ides of March, meaning […]

PERCOLATOR: a kind of coffeepot


“Back in the day” they called a sofa a “davenport.”   Jeans were called “dungarees.“   And a coffee pot, for the most part, was called a percolator. We didn’t do anything easily in those days. A percolator had its own method of brewing coffee.   There were no packets of ground coffee.   Most people didn’t buy coffee […]

GHOSTING: Leaving a party, event, or group surreptitiously or without saying goodbye


I’ve done it. You’ve done it.  It happens all the time. You’ve done your duty and attended the party you didn’t want to come to.   For whatever reason, it was clear that you were just a token invitation.   Nobody seems to want to talk with you.  The food is terrible.   You have to pay for […]

RED HERRING: a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue.

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I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, NCIS-LA, the other night.  It was an episode which took place in a fish market.   At one point,  Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen)  comes up holding a plastic bag in which a large, red fish is seen.   Always the jokester, he displays it laughingly and says, ” […]

MADDING: acting in a frenzied manner

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Some people like crowds.  Some don’t. Some people receive energy by being in a crowded place.  Others get claustrophobia. Crowds can be vehicles of great celebration.   Crowds can be militant and vicious.   Obviously, when in the 18th century,  he wrote the poem, Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard,  Thomas Hardy portrayed the crowd […]