One Thing & Another

Word for the Wise

Diaphanous (die-AF-uh-nuss) – fine, almost see-through. Example from the American humorist S.J. Perelman: “I guess I’m just an old mad scientist at bottom. Give me an underground laboratory, half a dozen atom smashers, and a beautiful girl in a diaphanous veil waiting to be turned into a chimpanzee, and I care not who writes the nation’s laws.”

Did You Know… ?

The most common name in the world is Mohammed.

Principles of Wealth: #2 of 61

If given the possibility, most people would choose to have more wealth. This common desire for wealth, however, is not correlated to behavior. Few people that say they want more wealth do much if anything to acquire it.

From my book How to Speak Intelligently About Everything That Matters

“I’m guessing that even back in cave-dweller days, there were young people who banded together to reject the established values of the old fogeys in their society. But it wasn’t until the twentieth century that we started to put labels on these mavericks. They are to writing what antiheroes are to stories. Three groups, in particular, produced some very memorable literary works.

* The Lost Generation – Gertrude Stein gave this generation its name, and Hemingway popularized the term by mentioning it in the epigraph to The Sun Also Rises.

* The Angry Young Men – Read John Osborne’s 1956 play Look Back in Anger (or watch the 1959 movie) and you’ll get it.

* The Beat Generation – By rejecting conventional social values and celebrating nonconformity, creativity, and sexual freedom, they basically invented the ideas that inspired the hippies who followed them ten years later.”

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