Vocablet of the Day: Selfie

It’s Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year for 2013, and if you have a smartphone or a computer with a webcam, it’s probably something you’re familiar with.

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Sometimes you need a picture of yourself — for a social media profile, to document a new hairstyle, or just because you want one — and the easiest way to make that happen is with a photograph that one has taken of oneself, usually with a smartphone or webcam.

Selfies are all the rage these days, with everyone from celebrities to politicians snapping quick pics of themselves and posting them online.  Some say that selfies are further evidence of the increasing narcissism of society brought on by social media websites like Facebook and Instagram, while others argue that people have created self-portraits for centuries, and the selfie is just a new version of that.

Do you take selfies and post them online?  What do you think of the whole selfie phenomenon?

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Vocablet of the Day: Inevitable

How far would you go to face your fears?  Would you climb into a coffin?

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Even though death is incapable of being avoided or prevented, most of us would prefer not to think about it.  Some, however, take the opposite approach.

In psychological terms, it’s called immersion therapy: throw yourself into whatever scares you.  If you’re afraid of spiders, let three of them crawl over your hands.  If you’re afraid of flying, book a ticket across the Atlantic.  And if you fear the inevitable approach of death, climb into a coffin.

Does the idea of getting into a coffin freak you out?  Or do you think it might make you feel more comfortable with the fact that your own death is inevitable?

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Vocablet of the Day: No-frills

The behavior of the newly elected pope, Pope Francis, has caused some people to raise their eyebrows — from his recent act of including women in a ritual of foot-washing to his no-frills lifestyle.

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The newly elected pope, Pope Francis, does things a little differently than past popes.  His manner is less formal, and his lifestyle has been described as offering or providing only what is necessary.

Leaving behind the elaborately decorated clothing that other popes have worn, Pope Francis chooses a more no-frills style.  He has even decided to live in Vatican guesthouse instead of the papal apartments, preferring their simplicity.

I think Pope Francis’ no-frills lifestyle makes sense, reminding believers that faith and compassion are what’s important, not displays of wealth.  What do you think?  Is your own style more no-frills, or do you like a bit of flash and glamor?

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Vocablet of the Day: Appoint

When you think of a police dog, you probably picture a German Shepherd or other big, powerful canine, right?  Then this new member of a Japanese police department may surprise you!

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Though he may be an unusual choice, the chihuahua that was selected for a job or role on a disaster squad is fully trained and up for the task.

Big things sometimes come in small (and very cute) packages.

Some police dogs need to be large and strong to take down criminals.  Others need special training to sniff out drugs or bombs.  This little chihuahua may not be overpowering any dangerous people, but he’s smart and capable of the job he was appointed to do.

I appointed my pet cat to the position of “Vice President in Charge of Naps” in my house.  What other jobs can animals be appointed to do?

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Vocablet of the Day: Outfoxed

All animals have the instinct to fight for their lives, even in the most unexpected ways.

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In an ironic twist, a hunter was beaten by cleverness or trickery by the very animal he was trying to kill.

This little guy may look cute, but try to hurt him and you could find yourself in big trouble!

The hunter was outfoxed by, yes, a fox.  The fox was wounded, and when the hunter tried to grapple with it, the fox managed to pull the trigger on the hunter’s gun, shooting him.  The prey outfoxed the predator!

The outfoxed-Hunting Accident Vocablet highlights a strange but true story about an unfortunate man who was shot by the fox he had formerly wounded.

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