Thursday, May 31, 2007

i-TFTD #18: Learning from the Dictionary

i-TFTD #18: Learning from the Dictionary

Some unusual words courtesy; interesting to know there's a word for such a thing; all are avoidable behaviour.

sequacious (si-KWAY-shuhs) adjective: Unthinkingly following others

misology (mi-SOL-uh-jee) noun: Hatred of logic or reason

verbigeration (vuhr-bij-uh-RAY-shun) noun: Obsessive repetition of meaningless words and phrases

*We* don't do such things, right? Others do.

Under normal, favourable conditions most of us are logical, independent thinkers who speak well.

It is when faced with adversity, a threatening situation, a crisis, when things are not as we expected, that we sometimes feel compelled to be sequacious.

When our boss (or subordinate or spouse) has a valid counterpoint and is more logical, we tend to temporarily become misologists (yes, it is a word).

On getting caught doing something we ought not, or, when an important person in an audience asks a tough question on the weakest area of a presentation we made, we instantly acquire the skill of verbigeration.

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