Log or Blog of Words in the News and from Other Media Sources

(a presentation of word information for your vocabulary enhancement so you can increase your brain gain and decrease your brain drain)

Abundance, plenty, and well supplied are global desires

Here are interesting word units dealing with abundance, abounding, etc.; starting with this word family of undu- words plus links to related links.

There are many in this old world of ours who hold that things break about even for all of us. I have observed for example, that we all get the same amount of ice. The rich get it in the summertime and the poor get it in the winter.

-Bat Masterson

Calamities are of two kinds: misfortune to ourselves, and good fortune to others.

-Ambrose Bierce

If we all said to people's faces what we say behind one another's backs, society would be impossible.

-Honore de Balzac (1799-1850)

Age of Abundance

Technology is driving us toward an era of exhilarating freedom and economic opportunity.

  • Currently, thanks to the exponential growth rate of technology, we are on the edge of a much better tomorrow.
  • We are now living in a world of information and communication abundance.
  • The most significant change of the next decade should be the dramatic increase in worldwide connectivity via the Internet.
  • Three billion new minds are about to join the global brain. What will they dream? What will they discover? What will they desire?
  • These are minds that the rest of society has never had access to before. Their collective economic and creative boost should unleash the most powerful abundance force of all.
—Excerpts from "Age of Abundance" by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler;
presented in Discover magazine (Science, Technology, and the Future);
April, 2012; pages 46-50.

The BIG question is, will there be enough abundance of food, water, and other resources; PLUS peaceful co-existence throughout the world so people can actually enjoy the abundance of technology?

Abyss and related words

There are a few words in the abysso-, abyss-, abys- unit that will help give you a source for several "bottomless" words.

At the bottom of modern man there is always a great thirst for self-forgetfulness, self-distraction; and therefore he turns away from all those problems and abysses which might recall to him his own nothingness.

—Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881)
Achilles and his heel

Here is some interesting information about Achilles, the Heel which you might have missed.

When you talk, you repeat what you already know; when you listen, you often learn something.

—Jared Sparks
Addictions from the past to the present

The subject of addicts & addiction has been discussed for decades. In this segment, a 1932 article from Reader's Digest is presented so you can compare what was being discussed then with what you know about the situation now. Has the problem of addictions changed from that time to our current conditions?

No mortal has a right to wag his tongue, much less to wag his pen without saying something.

-Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Scottish historian who wrote about the French Revolution.
Aesculepius, god of medicine

Have you heard of the man, then god, Aesculepius, Asculapius (Latin); or Asclepius, Asklepios (Greek)?

This story about a medical man from classical times and the currently used emblem for medicine is something everyone should know and it will be easy to learn about them by connecting to and reading the contents of the Aesculepius link shown above.

There was a time when an apple a day kept the doctor away, but now it's malpractice insurance.

-Laurence J. Peter
Alcohol and its original meaning

If you don't know the origin of the word alcohol, then you might be surprised when you read the story of its source.

As presented in the preceding link, "Alcohol Isn't What It Used To Be" will certainly give you a better insight into where it came from.

People who insist on drinking before driving, are putting the quart before the hearse.

-Laurence J. Peter

Alcoholism is spending one's life committing suicide on the installment plan.

-Evan Esar
America's early utilization of Greek and Roman cultural aspects

The revolutionaries who went to Philadelphia in 1776, perceived Greece and Rome as the noblest achievements of freemen aspiring to govern themselves.

In this conviction, the Founding Fathers of the new republic called the upper chamber of its legislature the Senate, named new communities Athens and Sparta, organized the Society of the Cincinnati, assigned Latin texts to the young, carved its heroes in togas, and copied Greek temples when erecting new buildings.

-Wendell Garrett in "Antiques"
as seen in Forbes, August 10, 1987.
American spoken in the U.S.

Radio is a word which is an American citizen by birth.

There may not be many people now living who are older than when the term radio was born. When the Italian physicist Marconi, the Italian electrical engineer known as the "Father of Radio" (1874-1937), showed the world the way to wireless communications, inventors and interested students every where started to put up sending stations.

No license was required because everyone could do as he pleased in this newly developed field and as a result, many new expressions came into use; such as, radiotelegraph, radiotelegraphy, radiotelegram, and radiotelephony.

Although the term wireless had at first been widely used in the U.S., as it still is in England, it was not very long before these longer expression led to the adoption in the United States of the much shorter term radio for all kinds of wireless communications.

In fact, several other countries have also adopted radio into their languages and even England has made some gains on the older term wireless and are at least aware of the applications of the term radio.

-Compiled from "American Spoken Here" as seen in
Practical English, February 7, 1962.

Etymology: "wireless transmission of voice signals with radio waves" (1907), abstracted from earlier combinations such as radio-receiver (1903), radiophone (1881), radio-telegraphy (1898); from radio-, as a form of Latin radius, "beam".

Use for "radio receiver" was first indicated in 1913; while the sense of "sound broadcasting as a medium" is also from 1913.

See a group of many more radio- words at this link.

Around, round, surrounding, etc. with another approach

Do you like "getting around" and "going around in circles"? Well, you can start with this cyclo- unit of words plus those shown in the related links that are indicated at the bottom of the unit pages.

Circumspection is believing only half of what you hear, but being sure it's the right half.

-Evan Esar

Ambition is the drive to succeed where push will get you far, but pull will get you further.

-Evan Esar
Bastille Day in France, July 14, 1789, a National Holiday or Fête Nationale

This is about a special word, the guillotine, that came into existence as a result the storming of the Bastille (a prison fortress) and which was a significant element during the French Revolution as one of the major methods of executing royalty and other people. An explanation may be seen at this guillotine topical page.

Bathing or ablutions from historical perspectives

Even historical presentations about bathing can be interesting. See for yourself.

If money is your hope for independence, you will never have it. The only real security that a man can have in this world is a reserve of knowledge, experience, and ability.

-Henry Ford
Beard styles past and present

The various illustrations of beard styles as seen from past years are often examples of present styles, too.

A beard is a facial growth that forces many a man to talk above a whisker.

-Evan Esar
Bending, curving, and turning; actions for all of us

It it amazing how many words are based on the concept of bending or turning as shown in this divers-, divert- or changing family unit of words plus all of the linked sections that are shown with this group.

Change is the only thing that's constant and which is the unchangeable law of the universe.

-Evan Esar

Many people hate any change that doesn't jingle in their pockets.

-E.C. McKenzie

Most people are willing to change, not because they see the light, but because they feel the heat.

-E.C. McKenzie
Benjamin Franklin and his wisdom

One of the greatest men of our past is Benjamin Franklin, "A Genius of Many Gifts" which you will see if you visit this page.

Work as if you were going to live 100 years.
Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.
-Benjamin Franklin
Berserk from the past and into the present

Have you heard anything about people going berserk? Here's your opportunity to find out where this word came from and what it means.

When people informally say, "the group went berserk", they probably don't realize how extreme such a remark really is.

-John Rayoa

Anybody who goes to see a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.

-Samuel Goldwyn

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