Monday, March 30, 2015

Language: Madness VS. Un-foolishness

"Our language is the reflection of ourselves. 
A language is an exact reflection of the character and growth of its speakers." 
~ Cesar Chavez
American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist, who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.
(1927 - 1993)
While March may represent madness to some, whether it is on the basketball court or otherwise, language need not be made up of misstatements, misnomers, or mis-communication. Below is a list of thirty-one (one for each day of the month) statements, words or expressions that get used both ways that are presented here. Please take a look and determine which you believe to be un-foolish and correct versus what is madness in the statement, and even maddening to one or many:

1)   I could care less vs. I couldn't care less
2)   One in the same vs. One and the same
3)   Each one worse than the next vs. Each one worse than the last
4)   On accident vs. By accident
5)   For all intensive purposes vs. For all intents and purposes
6)   Extract revenge vs. Exact revenge
7)   Momento vs. Memento 
8)   Irregardless vs. Regardless
9)   Orientated vs. Oriented
10) Sorta vs. Sort of
11) Made a 360 degree change vs. Made a 180 degree change 
12) It's a doggy-dog world vs. It's a dog-eat-dog world
13) Waiting with baited breath vs. Waited with bated breath
14) Pawn off vs. Palm off
15) Take a different tact vs. Take a different tack
16) It's a mute point vs. It's a moot point
17) Hunger pains vs. Hunger pangs
18) Wet your appetite vs. Whet your appetite
19) Pour over vs. Pore over
20) Tow the Line vs. Toe the Line
21) Peak or peek my interest/curiosity vs. Pique my interest/curiosity
22) Tongue and cheek vs. Tongue in cheek
23) Take for granite vs. Take for granted
24) First-come, first-serve vs. First come, first-served
25) Deep-seeded vs Deep-seated
26) Shoe-in vs. Shoo-in
27) Make due vs. Make do
28) By in large vs. By and large
29) Do diligence vs. Due Diligence
30) Case and point vs. Case in point
31) Flustrated vs. Frustrated or Flustered (separately)

Did you get them all right? I did not during my research. If you are wondering which expressions were correct, they are all the latter of the two options, the second in the statements or words. When you remove the madness from your language, you will confidently, and un-foolishly share with others what you really mean!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Create Your Own Relationship LUCK

"Luck is believing you are lucky."
-Tennessee Williams

Relationships are give and take. Relationships are about respect and reciprocity. We may feel good fortune to have healthy relationships, and that's fair. Feeling "lucky" may be stretch, as that perceived luck comes from efforts invested. Create your own sense of LUCK in relationships through:

L - Listening
U - Understanding
C - Collaboration
K - Knowledge-sharing

This type of LUCK will surely make your relationships "top 'o the morning" to all involved!