Words to Use, or Not

  • PHUBBING.  This occurs when a person pulls out his or her phone and begins to use it  in front of the person he or she is talking to. Usages: I have been phubbed, He, she or it has been phubbed.
  • SPOOFING.  The gerund of Spoof. The sending of phony signals (hacking) to lead off course GPS navigated vehicles. (OMG! I have been spoofed. It happened while I was taking a short-cut into the City. It wasn’t my fault, after-all))
  • EXACTLY RIGHT.  People are saying this more and more, on TV, on the radio and on the streets. My reading tells me something is either right, or it isn’t. If it is right, you do not have to say “exactly”.  And another thing that isn’t right that bothers me: People are putting their feet up on chairs in public places. Sometimes it seems like the whole world is in decline.  Am I right?
  • OVERTON WINDOW.  Imagine a window, a metaphorical window, through which you could look and through that window you would see only the choices of dealing with social problems – which are politically acceptable  (i.e., some would say you cannot see Medicare for All through the Overton Window, or Impeaching, …that sort of thing). Ok, you might have to read that a couple of times to get the hang of it; but Pundits and Politicians are referring to Mr. Overton’s window every chance they get. It is to make them appear smart, or such. If I were talking to someone and he or she used these words , I would phubb him or her.
  • FRUGAL FATIGUE.  This occurs when you are tired of not spending money on things – and you are prone to go out and just spend, as a result. This is a condition many in the Retail  Trade are hoping for. Remember, if everybody acted frugally, sales would go down and jobs would be lost and the economy would go in the tank and things would get bad…so, frugal fatigue may not be as bad as it sounds.
  • DEMOCRACY.  “The theory that people know what they want and they deserve to get it – good and hard.” (- H. L. Mencken)

I will end this piece with an unrelated quote, but interesting, nonetheless: “If you die rich it is a mistake.”  (- J.P. Morgan) …and may you, dear reader, live in ‘the mistake’ late in your life – if that is what you want.

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