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The Way I See It

January 20, 2013
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

As we begin 2013, aren't you just a little tired of certain words/phrases used in the past year? "Fiscal Cliff." I called it like it was last week--Fiscal Mess! But I am so tired of hearing it. It's a phrase that should be banished in 2013. Another one is, "kicking the can down the road." We pay these "yahooooos" tons of money, give them all kinds of benefits and all they can do is continue kicking the can down the road. Time for banishment. Then there's "double-down." Mr. President and Congress, you are NOT in a gambling casino! We are real people living real lives trying the best we can. Banish the "double-down" talk.

Oh there are more, but let me bring in some "Sheda" new word definitions.

CARPERPETUATION (kar' pur pet u a shun) The act, when vacuuming, (not that I do a lot of this), of running over a piece of string over and over again, then reaching down, picking it up, examining it and then putting it back down giving the vacuum cleaner one last chance.

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DISCONFECT (dis kon fekt) v. To sterilize the piece of candy you dropped on the floor by blowing on it, assuming this will somehow remove all the germs.

ELBONICS (el bon' iks) n. The actions of two people politely, yet assertively wrestling for the arm rest in a movie theater. I love this one!!

FRUST (frust) n. That small line of debris that absolutely refuses to be swept onto the dust pan and keeps backing a person across the room until she finally decides to give up and just sweep it under the rug. Come on, you know you've done this and you were just waiting for a word to describe it!!

LACTOMANGULATION (lak' to man gyu lay' shun) n. Fighting with the "Open Here" spout on a milk carton so badly that you have to resort to the "illegal" side. Been there, done that!!

PHONESIA (of nee' zhuh) n. The frightening moment when after dialing a phone number and forgetting who you were calling just as they answer.

TELECRASTINATION (Tel e kras tin ay' shun) n. ( I love this one too). The act of always letting the phone ring at least two times before picking it up, even when you're only six inches away.

Come on, you know you've all done these things and now there is a simple word defining them. In fact, there might even be a possibility, however remote it might be, that there might be a few other new word definitions out there in Tama News Land!! If you have any, send them my way. I'll share them in another column.

That's The Way I See It.

Let me know how you see things at or call me at 319-334-4117. Love to hear from you.

Oh, a "PS." A while back I was criticized for using the curse word, "Compromise," when talking about our politicians in Washington. The writer claimed one should NEVER compromise his principles. Wonder how this writer feels about President Obama not compromising his principles on gun control. He may not need Congress approval! Hmmmmmm.



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