Thursday, July 10, 2008


The word of the day is Recalcitrant. It means to be stubbornly disobedient or resistant. It is from Latin words which literally mean to kick back again.

Geriatric was the word of the month for Geriatric July, as I am inundating myself with Anti-aging theories in order to prepare for the Hypnotic Rejuvenation seminar at the National Guild of Hypnotists convention in August!

Geriatric means relating to the aged, the aging process, or diseases related to aging. It is from Greek. Geriatric is an adjective, but when used as a noun to mean the branch of aging which deals with the problems and diseases of old age, it will be considered singular, but pronounced Geriatrics. I lifted this definition from my dictionary and notice how negative it is! That's why the new word for this branch of medicine is Anti-aging medicine. Although it is not exactly positive, it is better than "geriatrics!"

One of the traits that many centenarians share is that they may be considered recalcitrant. See you in August!

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