About Town

Expand your vocabulary with these neat words.

Nascent – just starting to develop.

Prescient – knowing in advance; prophetic.

Syllabus – outline or brief summary.

Yurts – circular, domed salt storage buildings.

Vitiating – making something ineffective.

Egalitarianism – favoring equality among people.

Stet – a printer’s term meaning let it stand.

Tangenital – diverging or digressing.

Ubiquitous – seeming to be everywhere.

Reticent – habitually silent.

Deminimum – too small to matter

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Somewhere I read an article in which the author suggested all of us purge our vocabulary of these five over-used words: literally, synergy, viral, dynamic plus like – as in, “like, for real.” Everybody has an opinion. How about YOLO – “you only live once”?

For a long while, I’ve read about Gen Y and Gen Z people without really knowing who they are. Latest info: Gen Y people were born from 1980 to the end of 1993, and they are mostly the children of the baby boomers. Generation Z is now defined as 1995-2010. Their ethnicity is more diverse than preceding generations, and they are more liberal on social issues and tolerance.

At least that is one capsule description, probably one of many.

Overheard: “In high school, I was voted most likely to recede.”

A clever advertisement I like is the message on the back of Eat’n Park Restaurant wait staff shirts: “Life is Short – Eat Pie!”

My neighbor argues that his health insurance is an HMO, which stands for “hand your money over.”

Some memorable thoughts about the game of golf:

Nothing increases your golf score like witnesses.

Never wash your golf ball on the tee of a water hole; the golf gods apparently dislike that and will have their revenge.

Never try to keep more than 300 separate thoughts in your head during your swing.

The nearest sprinkler head is always blank.

And any swing or grip change works for only three holes.

The Weirton United Way’s 2013 golf tournament June 10 at Williams Country Club is deserving of your active support.

Again this year, Tournament Director John Kirlangitis and committee members are selling “The Dream Sports Package Giveaway,” and tickets are $20. Proceeds go to the United Way. You may buy one from me at my office downtown.

I loved this quote attributed to Gen. George Patton. Supposedly, he told his division commanders, “information is like eggs – the fresher the better.”

Popular definition of retirement: Too much gray and not enough green.

What is a rasher of bacon? It means a portion of bacon consisting of several thin strips or slices. There also could be a rasher of ham.

Did you hear about the man whose psychiatrist failed to cure his dyslexia?

He’s suing for pralmactice.

A funny line from the computer world: “You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me.”

For reader David Gallagher: My favorite book is “The Grapes of Wrath.” A good friend of mine quipped “a hangover is the wrath of grapes.”