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September 3, 2012
By CHUCK CRONIN , Weirton Daily Times

Try to work one of these words into your next conversation:

De Minimus - too small to matter.

Brodies - tire tracks in snow or dirt.

Hierarchy - a group of officials arranged in order of rank.

Internecine - harmful to both sides in a conflict.

Kleptomania - an impulse to steal.

Osteology - study of bones and their structure.

Othello - a tragedy by Shakespeare.

Sacrosanct - very sacred, holy.

Mortify - to feel sorrow or vexation. To wit: "I feel so mortified."

One of the newspaper columnists used the words, "cognitive dissonance." It means an uncomfortable tension which comes from holding two conflicting thoughts in the mind at the same time.

Do you have good neighbors? I certainly do. When in a bit of distress, these good Samaritans were there to help: Alex and Peggy Fiedorczyk, Ron and JoAnn Sekersky and Dr. Hardev Parihar and family. I'm grateful!

Weirton's Dewey Guida and his landmark restaurant, DeeJay's, are certainly exceptional. At lunch there the other day with a Pittsburgh business client, the gracious proprietor demonstrated his commitment (again) to charity by supplying some really nice gifts for the Weirton United Way's All Woman's Golf Tournament. Thank you, DG. You inspire us with your community spirit.

Dr. David L. Shroads, former Weirton resident, stopped by our office to say hello. He is a teacher at the U.S. Navy College submarine base in St. Mary's, Ga. David lives on Amelia Island in Florida.

Our readers likely have reached the level of maturity which qualifies them to relate to the following: (source: the web)

1962 - long hair, KEG, acid rock and Rolling Stones.

2012 - longing for hair, EKG, acid reflux and kidney stones.

Here are golf's truisms as sent to me by Rick Smith:

Never wash your ball on the tee of a water hole.

There is no such thing as a friendly wager.

It takes 17 holes to really get warmed up.

No golfer ever swung too slowly.

No golfer ever played too fast.

Any change works for three holes.

Bets lengthen putts and shorten drives.

The rake is always in the other trap.

The rough will be mowed tomorrow.

The ball always lands where the pin was yesterday.

The nearest sprinkler head is always blank.

If there are only two people in the locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

Overheard: "I was a gifted student. In high school, if I got anything higher than a C, it was a gift."

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