Add these words to your arsenal:
Oenophiles - lovers of or experts on wine
Nefarious - wicked, evil.
Enigmatic - hard to understand.
Brouhaha - outcry, ruckus.
Contretemps - mishap, unfortunate occurrence.
Tour de Force - skillful feat, stroke of genius.
Impeccable - perfect, flawless, immaculate.
Egalitarian - believing in equality.
Maladroit - inept, awkward, bungling.
With gracious appreciation, we acknowledge receipt of an excellent letter from Eleanor Davis of Weirton, who enjoys our columns on the English language.
A well-stated paragraph by Eleanor: "With so many trash and vulgar words and phrases being incorporated into our language, it's a joy to know there are people maintaining a great command of our great English language. There is no greater pleasure than enjoying conversation with those who are so blessed!"
Well-stated, Eleanor, and please accept our gratitude for taking time to send along your sentiments. (By the way, your handwriting is as elegant as your speech).
Kudos to Weirton Police Officer Steve DiBacco for his presentation on bullying to the fourth graders from Liberty School. Officer DiBacco covered the subject like a blanket. There is verbal bullying, physical bullying and cyber-bullying, all of it bad. He noted that one of every four students has been bullied-hit, tripped, verbally abused, etcetera. Cyber-bullying means electronic messages and/or pictures transmitted by computers and cell phones.
The way Craig Howell, editor of the Weirton Daily Times, builds his thoughts in editorial writing is reminiscent of some of the best reporters I ever observed in the newsroom of a daily paper. Craig works hard at his craft. Then there's sports guru Ralph Cox, still turning out image-building paragraphs, and Ed Looman, whose forte is that of summing up an entire football game in the fewest words imaginable.
I laughed upon reading this: "We are born naked, wet and hungry; then things get worse."
There's wisdom in this: "You don't have to shout to be heard; it's not the whistle that pulls the train. The things that are worthwhile hearing rarely need to be cried out; a whisper is often more powerful than a roar."
- from an aged commencement speech.
Where should 70-plus-year-olds look for eye glasses? On their foreheads.
Overheard: "I played a golf course that was extremely tough. There were headstones in the sand traps."
About Town recognizes Richard Sakara, 75, of Weirton, who was named Player of the Year at Williams Country Club.
With a handicap of 13, the retired Marine accumulated the most points in a series of tournaments to take the title. A Weirton Steel retiree, Rich is a graduate of Youngstown State University where he majored in accounting. Way to go Richard! You set the bar high for your golfing pal, Rick Smith, who fired a 91, as I did, last time out.
Overheard: "I don't play golf with anyone who questions a 7."