Archive for February, 2012

“If work were so pleasant, the rich would keep it for themselves.” -Mark Twain

Clandestine [clan·des·tine] adj.  1. Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose. “The CIA maintains clandestine operations in many countries.”


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“As soon as anyone starts telling you to be “realistic,” cross that person off your invitation list.” –John Eliot

Effusive [ef·fu·sive] adj.  1. Unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy: “An effusive manner.”  2. Profuse; overflowing: “effusive praise.”

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“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

Arduous [ar·du·ous] adj.  1. Demanding great effort or labor; difficult: “An arduous undertaking.”   2. Testing severely the powers of endurance; strenuous: “A long, arduous, and exhausting war

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“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” -Walter Anderson

Antithesis [an·tith·e·sis] n.pl.  1. Direct contrast; opposition.  2. The direct or exact opposite: “Hope is the antithesis of despair.”

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“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” –Unknown

Oxymoron [ox·y·mo·ron] n.pl.  A phrase in which two words of contradictory meaning are used together for special effect, for example, “wise fool” or “to make haste slowly.”

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“Lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at you.” -David Brinkley

Precarious [pre·car·i·ous] adj.  1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: “The precarious life of an undercover cop.”  2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions  3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: “A precarious solution to a difficult problem.”

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“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzy

Assiduous [as·sid·u·ous] adj.  1. Constant in application or attention; diligent: “An assiduous worker who strove for perfection.”  2. Unceasing; persistent: “Assiduous cancer research.”

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