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December 3, 2012
By CHUCK CRONIN , Weirton Daily Times

Add these words to your vocabulary:

Narcissism - excessive self-love, vanity.

Insouciant - nonchalant, free from anxiety.

Culinary - of the kitchen, of cooking.

Efficacious - to bring to pass; accomplish.

Effete - spent and sterile.

Gentility - members of the upper class.

Interlocutory - occurring in dialogue; not final.

Omnivorous - eating any sort of food.

Opulent - having much wealth.

Renege - to go back on a promise.

R.P.M. - revolutions per minute.

Texas leaguer - short fly ball that is a safe hit.

Yogi Berra is famous for his fractured English. He may be the most quoted athlete of all. My favorite Yogi quote is: "He hits from both sides of the plate. He's amphibious."

A quiz for bright people showed up on my computer. It was sent to me by a friend in Columbus, Ohio. It's billed as a quiz for people who know everything. Here are two questions from the quiz:

Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.


There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

(Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.)

I liked this one.

A man was telling his neighbor, "I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me $4,000, but it's state-of-the-art perfect."

"Really?" answered the neighbor. "What kind is it?"

"12:30 p.m. "

Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."

Caddy: "It's not a watch - it's a compass."

From an old Veteran of Foreign Wars newspaper, with the caveat Times Are Changing:

"A fourth grader was asked to name two men that made it possible for man to fly. His answer was Ernest and Julio Gallo!"

I wonder if our Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center has a meter maid mannequin along with the parking meter itself? I'll have to ask Dennis Jones.

Who said, "Familiarity breeds contempt - and children"?

Answer: Mark Twain.

"These are the best of times, these are the worst of times" - depending on whether your favorite high school football team made the playoffs.

Somehow I missed a story June 2 in which West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen announced the hiring of former Mountaineer great running back Quincy Wilson as Assistant Director of Football Operations. The former Weir High School football star earned his bachelor's degree at WVU in 2003. Thanks to his mom, Kyle, for bringing me up to date. And congrats to Quincy!

In my opinion, Craig Howell is one of the most prolific journalists around, and is reminiscent of the late, great Bob Popp of the East Liverpool Review. The Weirton Daily Times editor covers Weirton like a mustard plaster. And versatile Craig always has his camera ready to record local scenes.

"I can't do it" never yet accomplished anything. "I will try" has performed wonders.

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