Category Archives: Word of the Day

You should definitely read this blog!

After many months of puzzling my puzzler and consulting my “Understanding Humans” manual (volume 14 of an as-yet-unfinished compendium) I’ve come to the conclusion that the word “definitely” actually means “never.” To see what I mean, have a look back over your own emails or Facebook postings, or revisit your conversations with acquaintances, and I …

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Ask the Grammar Smiter

A bit of wisdom from one of my Anonymous Learned Sources: “Those of us who fall into the world of hi-tech should take note of the importance of correct grammar. I have noticed that many who text message & email have forgotten the ‘art’ of capitalization. “Capitalization is the difference between helping your Uncle Jack …

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Word of the Day: Opportunity

Word: Opportunity Pronunciation: Op-er-TOO-ni-tee Usage: I have been provided with this wonderful opportunity to deliver a SMITING to people who over-use the word “opportunity.” __________________________________________________________ A few months back I had the opportunity to rant at length about what I then called “Montessori-speak,” particularly in regard to NASA, an organization that refers to astronaut training …

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Word (Acronym) of the Day: GSW

Acronym: GSW Pronounced: Jee-ess-DUB-uhl-yew Short for: gunshot wound Usage: “We admitted a young male, single GSW to the head. Patient has only limited responsiveness and…yes? What?” “You said GSW. What’s that?” “Oh. Gunshot wound.” “Right. So why don’t you just say ‘gunshot wound’? It’s shorter.” “Because I’m a doctor. Now please be quiet or I’ll …

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