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Issue #21: Facile Word Nerdery


Jeff Howardz | facts of my existence

May 21 · Issue #21 · View online

Weekly digest of things I find interesting, useful, funny, thought provoking or absurd... mixed with some wise ass short observations of my own.

“When the universe has crushed him man will still be nobler than that which kills him, because he knows that he is dying, and of its victory the universe knows nothing.” ~Blaise Pascal

May I have a word
I am a big fan of words. I like words. I am always in search of new words that will make my ability communicate more clear and nuanced. I have a relatively strong vocabulary. As one learns more words, however, one becomes painfully aware of just how limited our communication can be.
I wrote an article about labeling on my blog some time ago. The gist of it was simple. Words have meaning and many times those meanings are different to different people. The use of words can be a trap and very limiting. If one is to trying to describe love, or beauty, or awe with a word the word can never fully describe the depth and breadth of the emotion that is actually felt. The word is all we have but the word will never be a true representation of the feeling it is trying to convey.
You never know what you’re going to see in life. I was at a bar last night with a good friend enjoying a few beers. There was a lady next to us at the bar that did something so unusual I felt that it was necessary to inform you people about it.
She ordered a glass of white wine. When the wine arrived she asked for a Coke and a glass of water. When she got the water she poured the water into the wine glass with the white wine. Then she squeezed a lime into the wine. To make matters more confusing she then drank that concoction and, get this, chased it with a big swig of Coke. I’ve seen crazy but man, you never know how deep crazy goes. 
Speaking of words. We’ve now reduced our communication to single words. I don’t have to even provide context or my opinion about something. All I have to do is say This.
And you will read it.
Jeff's Fun on Elevators
As most of you know by now I enjoy creeping people out on elevators. Most of the time I am facing them. This week I decided to change it up. I got on the elevator and it was empty. When it stopped a floor below me I quickly went to the corner and turned and faced the corner and got very close to the wall like I was in timeout. The elevator stopped several more times. There were probably 5 other people on there with me wondering why I was facing the corner. When the doors opened in the lobby everyone exited…except me. So worth it.
Praline or Duck?
You be the judge. Jake found this at his cousin’s graduation party Saturday.
If it quacks like a duck but tastes like sugar...
If it quacks like a duck but tastes like sugar...
May your mind be quiet when you need it to most,
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