OSTENSIBLY: outwardly appearing as such

OSTENSIBLY

I tried being a basketball referee at one time.   I was a provisional licensee while I was still in college, and took a couple of turns at officiating jayvee games.   Two was enough.  I’m not cut out for it.   There is nothing a ref can do which is correct.  Everything is questioned, sometimes vociferously.   After […]

AGILITY: physical or mental quickness

rubics

I suspect that most of us think of physical activity when we hear the word agility.  In my case it has to do with that quality which has never been attributed to me.  Agility in physical activity implies that the person has lithe, flexible moves, making (him) capable of twisting, turning, and bending to do […]

MOLLIFY : pacify; appease

To mollify is to bring peace, but it isn’t always seen as a positive thing. It is a word that comes from Old French, meaning “to soften,” often referring to such products as leather or dough. In some cases, to mollify means to coddle, or give in to.  If someone mollifies a dispute by abandoning […]

GUNG HO : wholeheartedly enthusiastic !

As you might imagine, the term gung ho has its origin in the military … the Marines to be specific. Most of us are not aware of it today, but the word gung ho has been in English only since 1942 and is one of the many words that entered the language as a result […]

The Penultimate Posting: Tomorrow will be my 1,000th Blog Posting!

In October, 2009, I posted my first ever blog posting along with a promise that it would be the first posted every day.   Except for a couple of days when I was in the hospital and one when my technology failed, I’ve kept that promise and TOMORROW, AUGUST 29, 20112, WILL BE MY 1,000th POSTING […]

ALGORITHM: a set of rules for finding a solution in a specific number of steps

No, you don’t have to be a well-schooled mathematician in order to understand today’s posting.   While algorithm is a word appropriately identified with advanced mathematics to describe a process for solving problems, it is not restricted to that realm.  If it were, I would have hit the delete button long before this.  Math and I […]