Category Archives: Meanings

Meanings: Character

September 1, 2015 On River View Friend, I’ve added a post about the meaning of the word “character.”

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Meanings: Dessert”

March 2, 2015 The mnemonic I learned in school–and perhaps you, too–was that “dessert” had two s’s because it was sweet stuff, but “desert” had only one because it was just sand. Today there’s probably as much desert as ever … Continue reading

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Meanings: Cheat

January 24, 2015 “This kind of gamesmanship goes on all the time,” said Stephen Mosher, a professor at Ithaca College who studies sports ethics. He was commenting on the Patriots’ deflated footballs in last week’s AFC title game, sign stealing, … Continue reading

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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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