Archive for the ‘Word of the Day’ Category

Word of the Day: Categorical statements

March 30, 2008

Categorical statements are statements that talk about whole categories of objects or people. Furniture, chairs, birds, trees, red things, and cities that begin with the letter T are all examples of categories.

There are two types of categorical statements:

  • Universal statements: These are statements that tell you something about an entire category. Here’s an example of a universal statement:

    All dogs are loyal

    This statement relates two categories and tells you that everything in the category of dogs is also in the category of loyal things. You can consider this a universal statement because it tells you that loyalty is a universal quality of dogs.

  • Particular statements: These are statements that tell you about the existence of at least one example within a category. Here’s an example of a particular statement:

    Some bears are dangerous

    This statement tells you that at least one item in the category of bears is also in the category of dangerous things. This statement is considered a particular statement because it tells you that at least one particular bear is dangerous.

Logic for Dummies by Mark Zegarelli

Word of the day: Sesquipedalian

February 14, 2008

Sesquipedalian (ses·qui·pe·da·li·an):

  1. given to using long words.
  2. (of a word) containing many syllables.


Words of the Day: tautology and contradiction

January 26, 2008

Tautology: a tautology is a statement that is always true.

Example: It will either snow or not snow today.

A or not A is always true.

Contradiction: a contradiction is a statement that is always false.

Example: The light is on and off.

A and not A is always false.

Word of the day: Lowball

December 18, 2007

lowball, to deliberately estimate a lower price for a service or merchandise than one intends to charge.

Example Usage: to lowball the cost of a move.


Word-of-the-day: bailiwick

December 13, 2007

bailiwick (BAY-li-wik) — a person’s area of skill, knowledge, authority, or work.

Example Usage: to confine suggestions to one’s own bailiwick.

Synonyms domain, department, sphere, territory, turf.


Word of the Day: Sisyphean task

September 27, 2007

Imagine you are tasked to push a large stone up to the top of a hill.  Just as you near the top the stone slips away and rolls back down the hill.  You try rolling it up the hill again, and again the stone slips aways and rolls back down the hill.  Again and again this happens.

Clearly this is a very laborious and futile task.  It is a “Sisyphean task.”

[Definition] A Sisyphean task is an endlessly laborious or futile task.

Word of the Day: barking moonbat

September 8, 2007

A barking moonbat is someone who bases their belief, not on evidence, logic, or reason, but simply on things that they want to believe and completely ignoring facts.

unSpun by Brooks Jackson and Kathleen Hall Jamieson

Word of the Day: skulduggery

July 5, 2007

[Definition] Skulduggery: an instance of dishonest or deceitful behavior; trick.

[Synonyms] dishonesty, underhandedness, double-dealing

[Antonyms] forthrightness, honesty, integrity, truthfulness

[Sample Usage] Every year, the Italian soccer season is marred by weekly charges of criminality and skulduggery.