On If

If – from the Old English gif

If – mainly a conjunction; sometimes a noun

If – an introduction to a conditional clause

If – a statement around a condition; a presumption, supposition, provision, precondition, proviso, requirement, specification, stipulation, or restriction

If – an assumption leading to an event or outcome

If – delivering a possibility, request, or opinion

If – an implied reservation

If – as in although, yet, despite being, even though, or but – many times serving as an excuse

If – noun as uncertainty, doubt

If – a function in programing to make a decision

If – a 1910 poem by Rudyard Kipling

If – a 1968 movie starring Malcolm McDowell

If – a BBC drama-documentary series

“If” – a 2010 episode of Desperate Housewives

If – a magazine subtitled “Worlds of Science Fiction”

If – a political comic strip appearing The Guardian (a UK newspaper)

If (band), 1970s British progressive jazz-rock band, and the name of their album

If – songs by Bananarama, Bread, Janet Jackson, Joni Mitchell, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd, Perry Como, Destiny’s Child, Rivermaya, Davido, and more.

If – what if I had answered my own challenge with in a way other than my own.

NOTE: I encourage readers to follow the pingback links in the Comments to other posts about If that answer the If Challenge.

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On a Word Challenge

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When recently commenting on a blog, a past post came to mind – one from 16 December 2013. I’m sure you remember it, but for those who don’t, I’ll briefly explain.

The post, On Palaver, is about words (and my 15th most viewed post). I recall how much I put into writing it. It was one of those posts that kept evolving. The biggest surprise came when I was notified that WordPress editors selected it to be Freshly Pressed. That was the second (and last) time I received that honor (16 December 2013).

Here’s the challenge:

  1. Read the post (On Palaver).
  2. Make a comment (preferably on this post) that includes a word (in English) that has never appeared on this blog.

Suggestions

Before making a comment, check your word in two places;

  1. With your Find function on the On Palaver page for your word
  2. Enter your word in the Search box, located in the right panel just below the Freshly Pressed graphic.

Have fun … and good luck!

On Doors

Door – Old English duru, dor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch deur ‘door’ and German Tür ‘door,’ Tor ‘gate’; from an Indo-European root shared by Latin foris ‘gate’ and Greek thura ‘door’

Door – the entrance to a room or building

Door – a hinged, sliding, or revolving barrier at the entrance to a building, room, or vehicle, or in the framework of a cupboard

Door – a reference to the distance from one building in a row to another

Door – A structure that opens, closes, swings, slides, shuts, hides, protects, and symbolizes

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” (Milton Berle, comedian)

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” (Confucius, philosopher)

I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.” (Marla Gibbs, actor)

Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” (George Washington Carver, scientist)

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.” (Coco Chanel, designer)

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” (John Barrymore, actor)

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” (Emily Dickinson, poet)

Listen; there’s a hell of a good universe next door: let’s go. (e. e. Cummings, poet)

 

No matter if it’s old or new, elegant or simple, metal or wood, ornate or plain – a door is a door while being a wonderful symbol and metaphor. Any favorite doors above or below?

All images taken by me  (a nonphotographer in Italy.

On 50 Shades of Light

Gray to the Americans is grey to the British

Gray – from the Old English grǣg; related to Dutch grauw and German grau

Gray – as in gri (Albanian), grisa (Basque), šedá (Czech), grigio (Italian), pelēks (Latvian). szary (Polish), cinza (Portuguese), llwyd (Welsh). and more (feel free to add your own)

Gray – a noun, adjective, a verb, or a personal name

Gray – as noun: gray, grays

Gray – a color or a pigment between black and white

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

Converted from a color print. Many shades of gray as well as black and white. Near Page, Arizona

 

Gray – a member of the Confederate army in the US Civil War

Gray – as a verb as in gray, graying, grayed

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

A foggy morning, nothing left except gray

 

Graying – as with hair, aging

Gray – as an adjective, as in gray, grayer, grayest

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere - yet still beautiful in monochrome

Bryce Canyon, one of the most color places anywhere – yet still beautiful in monochrome

 

Gray – synonyms include silvery, gunmetal al, slate, charcoal, smoky, hoary

Gray – related to old people, as in growing old, mature, older

Gray – as a description of the weather, as in cloudy, overcast, dull, sunless, gloomy, dreary, dismal, somber, bleak, murky

Winter washing away the color photo

Winter washing away the color photo

 

Gray – a person’s face – as in pale, tired, aged, ill, ashen, wan, pale, pasty, pallid, colorless, bloodless, white, waxen

Gray – without interest or character – as in faceless, characterless, colorless, nondescript, insipid, jejune, unremarkable, flat, bland, dry, stale

Gray – as in monochrome – a photograph or picture executed in varying tones of black and white – or even of one color

A photo converted into "DaVinci" sketch using Topaz Impression software

A photo converted into “DaVinci” sketch using Topaz Impression software

Gray – the monochromic version – achromatic, colorless, neutral, dirty, dull, faded, pale, chalky, ashen, washed-out … that’s gray … as in 50 shades of light

A whiteout in Oklahoma

A whiteout in Oklahoma

 

Steve is not only a long-time friend and photography enthusiast, we’ve collaborated on several occasions right here. I write the text and he selected the images to embed at various points.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He may also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik @ LightWave Images

On Light

Light … a noun, an adjective, a verb

Light … what makes sight possible

Light … a brightness produced by an illuminant

Light … an electromagnetic radiation

Rainbow

Light … travelling (in a vacuum) at a speed of about 186,281 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second

Light … the sensation arousing the stimulation of visual receptors

Light … a spiritual illumination, a truth, an enlightenment, from a point of view

Sky1

Light … something that informs, a public knowledge

Light … an aspect or appearance presented to view

Light … a medium (as a window)

Beverly

Light … a set of principles, standards, or opinions

Light … a leading person in a particular field or place

Light … as a source – a lighthouse, a beacon, a traffic signal

Lighthouse

Light … a flame to start burning, to ignite

Light … from the point of view

Light … a glare, gleam, glow, illumination, radiance, shine, brightness, luminosity, dazzle, blazing

June Moon

Light … an expression in someone’s eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood.

Light … understanding of a problem or mystery

Light … fluorescence, incandescence, LED, halogen, natural

Wall

Light … an aspect, angle, slant, approach, interpretation, viewpoint, standpoint, context

Light … an area of something that is brighter or paler than its surroundings

Light … as in lights, lit, lighting, lighted

Candle

Light … as a descriptor of little mass, weight, low density, easy to lift, lightweight

Light … as a color shade, hue, tone, complexion

LightMood

Light … as a taste – not sweet, not heavy, not too strong

Light … a descriptor of quantity – as in a meal – small, modest, simple, easily digested

Light … a descriptor of food – as porous, fluffy, low-calorie, easy to digest, small quantity

Light … as in easy, simple, undemanding

DewLight

Light … as in frivolous, superficial, undemanding, trivial

Light … as in gentle, delicate, soft, dainty

Light … as a comparative – light, lighter, lightest

Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.

On Connections

Connection: from the Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere
First Known Use: 14th century

Connection: The act of connecting

Connection: The state of being connected

Bolts and Rust

Bolts and Rust

Connection: A correspondence between two partially ordered sets

Connection: Contextual relation or association

Connection: Relationship in fact

Connection: Causal or logical relation or sequence

Chained Down

Chained Down

Connection: A relation of personal intimacy

Connection: Common interest as political, denomination, social, professional, or commercial

Connection: An arrangement to execute orders or advance interests of another

Connection: A means of communication or transportation

On the Rails Again

On the Rails Again

Connection: A personal tie by marriage, kinship, or clan

Connection: A source of contraband

Connection: A an electronic link between databases, terminals, or virtual

Synonyms include coherence, continuity, link, affinity, association, kinship, liaison, linkage, relation, relationship, union

Antonyms include breakup, disconnection, dissolution, disunion, division, parting, partition, schism, scission, split

Unhinged

Unhinged

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Connection: an early Rolling Stones song

Steve is a long-time friend, a good guy, and long-time photography enthusiast. It’s been a while since we’ve done a joint post. This time I picked the theme, wrote the text, then challenged him to provide the photos. See our other collaborations (Time and Waves) by going to the Sidebar > Categories > Photos by Steve or by clicking here.

I encourage everyone to visit his site to see his photos, which are available for purchase. He will also respond to comments here when he can, so feel free to ask him questions.

Photos by Steve Ancik, LightWavesImages

On a Word Choice

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I imagine many sports fans are like me – that is having one team – that is having one team they detest under any and all circumstances. Instead of many, it may even be most sports fans … but I’m confident this isn’t true for all.

For me, it’s the University of Kentucky (UK) – especially in basketball. After all, I’m unhappy even when they lose. I can honestly say that their fans drove me to that point because I find UK fans to be arrogant, condescending, blind, self-centered, and more uncomplimentary adjectives.

I know that UK fans haven’t cornered the market on that behavior. After all, a large school in the center of my state exhibits similar behavior regarding a ball of another shape that bounces funny.

I’m confident that my statement isn’t true for all UK fans – and I’m unsure if most qualifies because I don’t have the numbers to support the statement. Yet, I find many is a good descriptor because being a relative term and a bit vague. After all, on first thought a million is many, but is it when compared to a billion?

However, this post isn’t about sports or the University of Kentucky because the above sets the stage for my experience and point.

Sometime in January 2014 I was reading a humorous post about the start of a new year. It was quite amusing and very well done … well … until reading one important sentence. In the blogging world, I tend to take the high road to avoid confrontation, so I didn’t comment – but the statement kept festering in my mind – so I returned to add my thoughts to the comments section.

My comment wasn’t disrespectful to the host – not even snarky – but I made my point in a respectful manner, and the host reciprocated the same way. We exchanged several comments, and in the end, while agreeing to disagree, I moved on … and yes, I have returned since the encounter.

To me, at issue was the word all – a word that is quite inclusive. Because many or most wasn’t used, I don’t positively know that my reaction would have different, but because I focused on all, I’m confident that my reaction would have been different.

Is there a difference in using many, most, and all? Is blog writing so informal that we should overlook the use of these descriptors?