Friday, October 20, 2017

Bias (n.)(a.) - How do you roll?


A tendency, trend, or inclination usually unreasoned, for or against something or someone.


Having a tendency or inclination for or against something.

History & Etymology

In the 14th century bias entered english as an adjective describing a slant or oblique angle. This usage came from Old French Biais. The origin of this word is unknown but it has cognates in other european languages including in Catalan, and Italian.

Bias became a technical term in the sport of Lawn Bowling in the 1560s to refer to the side of the bowl that is heavier. Making one side of the ball heavier caused its path to either lean or hook in the direction of the bias.

In the 1570s an obvious analogy was made between the weighted bowls and the heads of people with an undue prejudice or propensity for one side or another in law proceedings. This is where we get the current meaning of the word bias.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

DISGUSTING!(a.)(n.) - You won’t believe this!


A feeling of strong distaste or indignation.


Causing a feeling of strong distaste or indignation.
History & Etymology

The word disgust either comes from the Old French desgouster, or Italian disgustare. The french probably adopted their word from the Italian one, but further back it originated from Latin gustare meaning taste plus the prefix des- which still mean the same thing as the english prefix dis-. So ultimately it comes from the latin word for distaste.

Scrolling through my YouTube subscriptions today I saw the title of Philly Ds daily video, and the first word was Disgusting (exclamation point). Since it was initially a brief glimpse I didn’t see the rest of the title, but I immediately thought, “that really got my attention.” 

Disgust is a strong word, and it really grabs people's attention. It’s a word that almost demands a visceral reaction from people.
The story Philip was discussing was a truly disgusting incidence and deserved the title, but I still could help but think to myself that the word choice and all caps was a bit of click bait.

I’m trying the same thing now with this video, the title and the thumbnail. I was trying to grab your attention. 

I love Philip DeFrancos news coverage, and I love what he’s doing, and shocking titles are a great way to draw attention to important stories. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Shtick (n.) - My shtick is reading the dictionary.


A unique style of act or performance, usually associated with a particular performer.

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History & Etymology

Shtick came into english from Yiddish, a language spoken by Ashkenazi Jews in Germany, and originated in the 9th century. Shtick was adopted from the Old High German stucki, which eventually became stock in modern english.

Shtick got it’s meaning from when you have a stock of some item you know you can always go to that stock and retrieve the same item over and over. When the word became applied to performance it literally meant you could return to a particular performer for a particular type of entertainment.


My shtick is reading the dictionary on video. Admittedly it’s not a very good shtick, but I enjoy it. A shtick isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For years I had a negative association with the word shtick that generally indicated that the performer was lazy and couldn’t do anything original. Now I don’t think it’s really a bad thing to reuse the same theme or even the same content. It allows a performer to hone that act and become excellent at it.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Goodbye (i.) - God be with ye


An expression of good wishes while parting company with someone.


Protest (n.)(v.) - What do you stand for?


A formal statement or gesture of objection or approval, especially by a group.

To make a strong declaration either for or against a position.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Tree (n.)

A tall plant with a single stalk or trunk and branches protruding horizontally some distance from the ground.
Also refers to things with a similar structure including, charts, crosses, family trees, ect