CYBORG: a person whose physiological functioning is aided by or dependent upon a mechanical or electronic device


I’ve never been a big fan of science fiction.  I’ve watched science fiction movies and tv shows…maybe only one episode of a series…but it has never been a great draw for me.  The only book I remember reading in the science fiction category that appealed to me was Steven King’s recent book, 11/22/63.   That book […]

EXONERATE: to free from guilt or blame


Governor Cuomo  is criticized for being overly-frugal in his end-of-year pardons for just three men in New York State. Some call for Edward Snowden to receive clemency in U.S. for his “whistleblower” tactics Roman Catholic leader is released from prison after having been convicted of covering up sexual abuse cases in his Diocese. Mid-Atlantic Innocence […]

INTELLIGENCE: aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc., AND….


There is often a “drum roll, crash!” when someone from the government mentions that we have a very sophisticated intelligence system in this country.   Of course, the pundit is referring to the use of the word which would mean that we have a smart, clever, highly-sophisticated educational system which produces really, smart people.   ( I […]

AD HOMINEM [ad HOM-uh-nuhm] : appealing to one’s prejudices, emotions, or special interests rather than to one’s intellect or reason*


[NOTE:  TODAY IS THE VERY FIRST DAY OF A NEW CONCEPT. I am inviting you, my readers, to submit words that you think would be fun to discuss.   This submission comes from my good friend, David Hume, of Enid, Oklahoma.  David is one of the founders of Park Avenue Thrift, one of most creative outreach […]

GOD GAVE A GOOSE: refers to someone who is very foolish

I was listening to a very serious commentary on the Fiscal Cliff issue on television when I heard the commentator say that he had been talking with a prominent member of the House of Representatives who said that there were “50 people in the House he believed God gave a goose for.” (paraphrased from an […]

INTUITIVE: [in-TOO-i-tiv] capable of perceiving through instinct and without intellectual knowledge

It may sound like the title of today’s posting is using a redundancy.  The term “intellectual knowledge” sounds like it is saying the same thing twice.   But that assumes that the word “knowledge” has only one meaning, that being “information gained through mental processes which employ traditional thinking processes. “  You know, a person reads […]