Creed: Small things… peas, ball bearings, dimes.” —The Office
There are times when I come across out-of-the-ordinary words used correctly. Using the right word in the right context helps the listeners or readers to understand immediately without having to wade through unneeded words.
These words popped out when I was reading the Toronto Star on Saturday: quotidian, altruistic and vacillation.
Meanings, pronunciations, etc are provided by Dictionary.com.
“The precariousness of life has entered quotidian experience more intensely than at any other time in the modern era.” Stephen Marche (Earthquakes, cruise liners and the Age of Precariousness)
- quotidian - adjective - kwoh-TID-ee-uhn
meaning: of an everyday character; ordinary; commonplace
“On the issue of Afghanistan, the fact that Obama took time to decide among various proposals is not a sign of vacillation.” Anthony Cantor (Lots of success in Obama’s first 365 days)
-vacillation - noun - vas-uh-ley-shuhn
meaning: a state of indecision or irresolution
“…all the networks have come together..no competition ..purely altruistic..”
George Stroumboulopoulos on the telethons for Haiti
- altruistic - adjective - al-troo-is-tik
meaning: unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others.
An interesting topic of discussion on The View today: Green issues causing problems in your relationship?
You’re passionate about ‘greening’ and your partner isn’t. She is not recycling even though you told her to. Eventually the gentle reminders become nasty yelling reminders.
You can’t expect others to have your insight if it’s not their interest. They don’t know where you’re coming from. To get someone on your side, you have to educate them, tell them why.