Category Archives: Meanings

Meanings: “Stuff”

November 12, 2014 “Here’s how I define ‘stuff’,” writes personal productivity coach David Allen: “anything you have allowed into your psychological or physical world that doesn’t belong where it is, but for which you haven’t yet determined the desired outcome … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Clique”

October 3, 2014 I skipped over the questions that asked “Favorite PHS Memory” and “Worst PHS Memory.” They were asking about my years at Penfield High School (suburban Rochester, New York), 1960 to 1964. Do the math and you’ll see … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Baffle”

July 24, 2014 Reading something, I paused recently on the verb “baffle.” In one usage, it means to confuse. In another it means to soften or mute a sound. Assuming they were connected, I wondered which usage came first. Was … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Organized! Or Should We Form a Community?

March 19, 2014 Many people are ambivalent about organizations. We realize that a good deal of what gets done in this world is done in and through organizations, but we also chafe at the ways they hem us in — … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Clinch”

October 30, 2013 The Red Sox can clinch the world championship tonight if they win tonight’s game. I’ve heard that via several news sources — print, TV, radio,web —  already this morning. Since they won their two recent World Series … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Upshot”

August 24, 2013 I recently wrote up some minutes from a meeting and used the word “upshot” to refer to the conclusion reached after a long discussion. Another member of the committee noted that “upshot” has its origin in archery, … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Crayon”

July 9, 2013 The etymology is straightforward, from the French for “pencil,” which originally meant a chalk pencil.  We graduate from crayons as we become adults, don’t we? Only children use them, or children occasionally assisted by their parents. The … Continue reading

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