Posts Tagged ‘General Musings’

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirty-Four!

May 23, 2018

Here is a word from the Latin otiosis, meaning “at leisure, unemployed; out of public affairs.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“Many of the men and women seen smoking behind the student center are not students at all, but otiose dropouts with nothing better to do.”

“You are wrong to think an action of the kind I have been discussing is otiose, rather than helpful to our cause.”


\ oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee- \, adjective;

1.  being at leisure; idle; indolent.
2.  ineffective or futile.
3.  superfluous or useless.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and


Some Early Week Humor!

May 22, 2018

Happy Tuesday!  Everybody likes “light bulb” jokes, right? (e.g., how many x does it take to change a light bulb?)  So today, we’ll examine this from the social work discipline.

Question: How many social workers does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: One. But the light has to want to change.

Or, how about any one of these alternative answers:

  • “The light bulb doesn’t need changing, it’s the system that needs to change.”
  • None. Social workers never change anything.
  • None. They empower it to change itself!
  • None. The light bulb is not burnt out, it’s just differently lit.
  • None. They set up a team to write a paper on coping with darkness.
  • Two. One to change the bulb and another to put your kids into care.
  • Five. One to screw it in, three to form the support group, and one to help with placement.


The Joy of Limericks!

May 21, 2018

Happy Monday!  Let’s get the work week off to a humerous start.  When someone mentions “limericks” my minds drifts to the seemy side of the genre (usually not fit to be repeated in public).  However, I ran across a few “cleaner” limericks the other day and thought them worthy of a share.  Enjoy!

There was a young lady named Bright,
Who traveled much faster than light,
She started one day
In the relative way,
And returned on the previous night.


When Daddy and Mum got quite plastered,
And their shame had been thoroughly mastered,
They told their boy, Harry:
‘Son, we never did marry.
But don’t tell the neighbors, you bastard.’


There was an old party of Lyme,
Who married three wives at a time,
When asked ‘Why the third?’
He replied, ‘One’s absurd,
And bigamy, sir, is a crime.’


There was a young man who said ‘Damn!
It appears to me now that I am
Just a being that moves
In predestined grooves,
Not a taxi, or bus, but a tram.’


There was a faith-healer of Deal,
Who said, ‘Although pain isn’t real,
If I sit on a pin
And it punctures my skin,
I dislike what I fancy I feel.’


A young schizophrenic named Struther,
When told of the death of his brother,
Said, ‘Yes, it’s too bad
But I can’t feel too sad —
After all, I still have each other.’

Source: Comic Poems, selected and edited by Peter Washington

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Six!

May 18, 2018

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about the flamingo.  Did you know that . . .

  • flamingos turn pink from eating shrimp? (Real Fact #11)
  • flamingos can only eat with their heads upside down? (Real Fact #751)
  • a group of flamingos is called a flamboyance?  (Real Fact #995)
  • there are more fake flamingos than there are real flamingos?  (Real Fact #1242)


Life With Anxiety!

May 17, 2018

May is National Mental Health month.   And, while we are already half way through the month, here is a great infographic on anxiety (courtesy of Mental Health America, B4Stage4).


National Police Week, 2018!

May 14, 2018

bannerPolice Week officially began yesterday and continues through Saturday (May 19th), a week in which we honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in their communities.

Here is the official schedule of events.

Here is the Roll Call of Heroes.

We will never forget!

Happy Mother’s Day 2018!

May 13, 2018

To celebrate all of our mothers out there, here is a fun infographic that shows how we “thanked out moms” in 2017.  Additionally, here are a few quotations that capture how I feel about my mother.

“The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room.”  (Henry Ward Beecher)

“Mother: the most beautiful word on the lips of mankind.”  (Kahil Gibran)

“A mother is a mother still, the holiest thing alive.”  (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Fun Fact Friday, Number Seventy-Five!

May 11, 2018

The category for today’s trivial imponderable is “science.”  Do you know . . . what would happen if you threw dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) into a fire?

If you guessed “it would melt,” you would be wrong.  Rather, dry ice thrown directly onto a fire would sublime, i.e., change directly into a gas.

Source: Sorry, Wrong Answer: Trivia Questions That Even Know-It-Alls Get Wrong, by Dr. Rod L. Evans.

A Little Zest!

May 9, 2018

Today’s word while frequently tied to cooking, recipes, and flavoring, comes with additional definitions related to the vim and vigor that can accompany your life.  And let’s not forget the the brand of soap either.


\ zest \, noun;

1. keen relish; hearty enjoyment; gusto.
2. an agreeable or piquant flavor imparted to something.
3. anything added to impart flavor, enhance one’s appreciation, etc.
4. piquancy; interest; charm.
5. liveliness or energy; animating spirit.
6. the peel, especially the thin outer peel, of a citrus fruit used for flavoring:

lemon zest.

verb (used with object)
7. to give zest, relish, or piquancy to.


Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of

More Oxymoronic Advice!

May 8, 2018

It seems as though everyone you encounter is willing to provide you advice at some point in time.  Here are a few examples of my favorites.

“If a person begins by telling you, ‘Do not be offended at what I am going to say,’ prepare yourself for something that she knows will certainly offend you.”  (Eliza Leslie)

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”  (Elbert Hubbard)

“Stop running around after happiness.  If you make up your mind not to be happy there’s no reason why you shouldn’t have a fairly good time.”   (Edith Wharton)”

“If you are too careful, you are so occupied in being careful that you are sure to stumble over something.”  (Gertrude Stein)

“If you wish to forget anything on the spot, make a note that this thing is to be remembered.”  (Edgar Allan Poe)