Meaning: amazing, awesome; or, disgusting

Unbeknownst to me, this word started as surfer language in the 70’s but only spread to non-surfers in the mid-80s.  (Class of 85 here!). I hear those times and trends are coming back round… I don’t believe the new 80s will ever bee as cool as the 80s I grew up in.  The mystery, the random excitement, the innocence..

The mood of the 80s – Get what you can, can what you get, and sit on the can.
— Patricia Schroeder

Some of my favorite 80s movie quotes:

“We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” — The Breakfast Club

“This may sound Incredibly dumb, but I love you, and I’ll do anything to make you love me.” — Sixteen Candles

“We came, we saw, we kicked its ass.” — Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ghostbusters

“Be afraid. Be very AFRAID- The Fly

”I was in here yesterday and you wouldn’t wait on me. You work on commission right? Big mistake, big… Huge! I have to go shopping now.” — Pretty Woman

“Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Me? I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” — Dirty Dancing

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Definition of crackpot : one given to eccentric or lunatic notions

If the guy out in the woods with the Michigan Militia is a real estate negotiator, instead of some crackpot, and has a normal life, that’s unnerving. You don’t want to think it’s as normal as the guy next door, hedging his lawn. It’s easier to demonize or separate them off from ‘us.’ –Michael Moore

British slang.  First known use of crackpot, 1883. “mentally unbalanced person,” 1898, probably from crack (v.) + pot (n.1) in a slang sense of “head.” Compare crack-brain “crazy fellow” (late 16c.). 


Examples of crackpot in a Sentence

Some crackpot in a clown suit is out there directing traffic. everyone is tolerant of the town crackpot, a man who never hurt anyone


  • character,  codger, crack, crackbrain, crank, eccentric, flake, fruitcake, head case, kook, nut, nutcase, nutter, oddball, oddity, screwball, weirdo, zany


And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. Ahh . . . an educated man. Well, you’re not as stupid as you look. Don’t quote Nietzsche at me, kid. That German crackpot wouldn’t know a real monster if it bit him on the ass. – Larry Correia


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Inefffable: (adj) Too great to be expressed in words. late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin ineffabilis, from in- ‘not’ + effabilis

beautiful lines to rest yourself in – Venezuela

Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all. ~~ Douglas Adams

I attempt to surround myself with ineffable individuals.  I put them on a pedestal, not so much to elevate them, more in an endeavor to hoist myself to their awesomeness.  I seek to balance myself next to them and with my utmost energy work on becoming equal to them.

“Surround yourself with those who won’t compete but will revel in your success and see your ascent as a reflection of their own possibilities.”  ~~T.D. Jakes

When you surround yourself with negativity and ugly, I think you become that.  I have been scolded by many for appearing to run away from problems.  I have tried to explain that I am not running away from anything, just trying to run towards solutions, happiness, and the amazing light that I find when moving away from the dark.

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”  ~~ A. A. Milne

I seek the company of dreamers and achievers, those with strength, dignity, ethics, and humor.  My best companions, friends, and mentors are those that strive for the best, even when surrounded by the worst and build me up, helping me to build up others.

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“Surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself!”  ~~Zig Ziglar

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Orphic – Ludic – Kalon

The first is “orphic,” defined as “having an importance or meaning not apparent to the senses nor comprehensible to the intellect; beyond ordinary understanding.”  Of or relating to Orpheus or the rites or doctrines ascribed to him. 2 : mystic, oracular. 3 : fascinating, entrancing.


“To Selene (Moon)

Hear, Goddess queen, diffusing silver light, bull-horn’d and wand’ring thro’ the gloom of Night.
With stars surrounded, and with circuit wide Night’s torch extending, thro’ the heav’ns you ride:
Female and Male with borrow’d rays you shine, and now full-orb’d, now tending to decline.
Mother of ages, fruit-producing Moon [Mene], whose amber orb makes Night’s reflected noon:
Lover of horses, splendid, queen of Night, all-seeing pow’r bedeck’d with starry light.
Lover of vigilance, the foe of strife, in peace rejoicing, and a prudent life:
Fair lamp of Night, its ornament and friend, who giv’st to Nature’s works their destin’d end.
Queen of the stars, all-wife Diana hail! Deck’d with a graceful robe and shining veil;
Come, blessed Goddess, prudent, starry, bright, come moony-lamp with chaste and splendid light,
Shine on these sacred rites with prosp’rous rays, and pleas’d accept thy suppliant’s mystic praise.”
― Orpheus

Here’s the second word: “ludic,” which means “playful; full of fun and high spirits.”  ludic \LOO-dik\ adjective. : of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful.


“Non-instrumental, playful behavior thrives on a continuing negotiation with the various forms of discipline, exploitation and spectacle which constitute the contemporary city. Play concentrates attention on practices which have a dialectical relation to the order, fixity and functional and semiotic determinism of built form.”
― Quentin Stevens, The Ludic City: Exploring the Potential of Public Spaces

The third word is “kalon,” which refers to “profound, thorough beauty.”  the ideal of physical and moral beauty especially as conceived by the philosophers of classical Greece.

The branches of the trees that wave to me in the subtle winds make me rejoice and feel at one with Mother Nature. Mark J. Stevens, Luisa’s Nature

“When the inner beauty exceeds the outward beauty–it creates a magical dance in the heart.”  ~~ Angie Karan.


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Lollygaggin or just Dilly-dallying – my life

Lollygag. The origin of this word is unknown, but it first surfaced around 1868. The definition of “lollygag” is someone who is messing around or wasting time. It also refers to someone who is doing something that isn’t serious or useful.

Dilly-Dally.  The base word “dally” came in from Old French hundreds of years ago and meant to chat idly. Over time “dally” picked up other meanings such as to toy with things or spend time idly. By the 19th century we get “dilly dally.”

What is the difference between lollygagging and dilly dallying?

One of the biggest reasons I love to work with children is they are renowned dilly dallying lollygaggers.

 “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”  ~~ Nina Dobrev

“Enjoy life. Have fun. Be kind. Have worth. Have friends. Be honest. Laugh. Die with dignity. Make the most of it. It’s all we’ve got.”  ~~Ricky Gervais

Many folks feel that to be a skylarking, dilly-dallier, of a lollygagging variety means that you have no use or value.  I completely disagree with this.  I have discovered the most profound answers to many of life’s toughest questions by randomizing the manner of which I get through each day.  On top of that, I am more productive and get quite a bit more done than many of my diligent and incredibly focused colleagues.

“Life is too short to not have fun; we are only here for a short time compared to the sun and the moon and all that.”  ~~Coolio

I also do not associate dilly dallying or lollygagging with procrastination.  I realize that this a common definition or interpretation of the word.  I am NOT a procrastinator.  I just interject confident fun into my work day.  It frees the mind, allows you to breathe and re-evaluate where you are in relationship to where you should be.  It helps you assess if changes need to be made to the process or even the end goal.  In my opinion, sometimes people are so focused on what they think the main goal is that they actually lose site of process. Or the fact that not everyone gets to the ultimate design of it all in the same way. Sometimes, being strictly tied in and focused only on your own end game, you lose site of the fact that the goal post has been moved and your team actually left the field.

“When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things.”  ~~Joe Namath

I once received an evaluation that I was not actually respected by many of my colleagues because I never seemed to take anything seriously.  Another comment I received by a well-intended mentor was that I completed things too quickly.  Every time I am confronted with this type of feedback, I ask the person, “Was it done incorrectly?”  or “Did i do something wrong?”  The answers is always, “No, of course not.”  All in all, these comments and judgement calls baffle me. If I do things quickly, correctly, and in a timely manner, while a the same time having fun through dallying and dillying and socializing and play.. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM??????  I think sometimes people make life way too difficult.  Life is not that hard. It’s not what happens but how you handle what happens.

“Life is easy. Just stay un-dead.”  ~~Fakeer Ishavardas

I believe that you need to input fun in your work, take mental breaks, dilly dally, lollygag around, listen to the music, dance to the tunes in your head and enjoy the process.  In the end, that is what you are going to remember.  The work you did is only as important as the next job that comes along, the next crisis, the next pandemic or war.  I could be sad, frustrated, or angry because I am not ever taken very seriously.  The truth is, I am smarter than I act, prettier than I feel, harder than I want to be, and I have been told that I am a diamond in the rough and that God is not finished with me.  I am Sam.  Sam I am. That’s basically all I am… well, that and a bag of chips.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”  ~~Dr. Seuss

“I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore.”  ~~Randy Pausch.

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