Vocablet of the Day: Miserable

Mean, irritable, joyless, unpleasant… What “bah, humbug!” literary character fits that description?

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With his grumbles and annoyance at Christmas and his mean-spiritedness toward everyone, Ebenezer Scrooge is one of literature’s most miserable people.

The grave of a miserable man.

When you call someone a “Scrooge,” you think they’re experiencing a serious lack of contentment or happiness.  Scrooge’s transformation in A Christmas Carol is remarkable because he changes from a grumpy, miserable man into someone who can laugh and appreciate life.

Have you ever known anyone who was always miserable, even to the point of making other people miserable as well?

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Vocablet of the Day: Departure

Charles de Gaulle Airport has hundreds of departures and arrivals every day — but one man’s departure took an exceptionally long time.

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Mehran Karimi Nasseri took his time with his act of leaving from Charles de Gaulle Airport — almost twenty years!

Sleeping in airports is usually not very comfortable.

Sometimes, with delayed flights, long waits, and even longer lines, it can feel like you live in the departure lounge of your local airport.  Mehran Karimi Nasseri, however, actually knows what it’s like, having made an airport his home from 1988 to 2006.  His final departure from that place must have been a huge relief!

What’s the longest amount of time you’ve waited in an airport’s departure terminal?

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Vocablet of the Day: Mania

Shoe mania!  Nike’s new shoe created a new customer base: ‘Back to the Future’ fans.

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You wouldn’t think that shoes could cause an excess of excitement or enthusiasm, but when the shoes are based on a hugely popular cult classic and made by Nike, that’s exactly what happened.

Sneaker enthusiasts and ‘Back to the Future’ fans were thrilled when Nike released a shoe based on the ones worn by Michael J. Fox’s character.  Nike’s decision to only make 1500 pairs of the shoe fueled the mania, with fans trying desperately to get their hands on a pair.

Would you have been a part of this movie-based shoe mania?  What kind of product release for fans would you be excited about?

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