Posts Categorized: Communication

Say what?

I’ve often written about my affection for an extended vocabulary. It’s long been a benefit to me in my reading, my writing and my crossword puzzle solving. I’ve also mentioned how possessing (and employing) muscular diction has its drawbacks. I’ve suffered accusations of snootiness and superiority (which, considering my menagerie of psychiatric complexes, seems a… Read more »

The internet says the darndest things

I wanted to research an abstruse question this morning and therefore typed it into my browser, up came 233,000 results. For an abstruse question. Asking a generally obvious question, such as, “Why is summer warmer than winter?”, generated 2,060,000 results. Chief among both searches are excellent answers from reputable sources. Further scrolling leads to some… Read more »

I always say never say never or always

There are few real impossibilities in life, just as there are few real absolutes. So why do so many people use “always” and “never”? The words tend to show up most of the time when someone wants to put emphasis on a statement, such as, “I never drink and drive.” and “I always root for… Read more »

Unmatchable, the final chapter

Well. That answers that. In all likelihood, “that” has always been the answer. No, you’re not coming in on the middle of a conversation. Or, perhaps, in some ways, you are. It’s a long-running debate I’ve been having and even you blog readers have only been introduced to it relatively recently. Just before the year… Read more »

I’m too young or too healthy to watch cable news

I must admit, I’ve been somewhat magnetized to the news over the past several months. And while it’s maddening the number of channels there are out there, I’ve whittled my flipping between CNN, MSNBC and FOX. There is some repetitiveness to the reporting, of course, even given the widely disparate viewpoints of those three cable… Read more »

Definitions

Today’s post is provided as a public service. Many of you engage in political discussions on social media. That’s self-inflicted, but it’s a free country (to this point). I’ve noticed, with some dismay, the tendency for the discussions to devolve into insults. And not even good insults. Mostly bad grammar, poor sentence construction and illogical… Read more »

Disrespecter in Chief

It’s time. It’s actually well past time. It’s time to stop with the protestations and pretensions that phrases like “not being politically correct” and “telling it like it is” are equivalent to being rude and insulting. It’s time to admit that “draining the swamp” and “getting things done” are not the same as undermining and delegitimizing…. Read more »

Give it another day

I was set to publish a post about Donald Trump yesterday. In fact, I spent most of my walk composing the post. It was, I felt, a needed statement on Mr. Trump’s newest affronts. And then I nixed it. The tone was mean, fueled by righteous anger and I realized the operative emotion in my… Read more »

Forum for debate

A couple of weeks ago, a good friend of mine, commenting on one of my posts, brought into question the proper forum for, in this case, political debate. While I understood his point, I’m going to pretend I didn’t, otherwise this post would end in one paragraph. (Waits for rabid cheering to subside) Yeah, you… Read more »