January’s Quote of the month: Supplied by none other than our former leader, President Clinton, a number of years ago. "We could give it all back to you, and hope that you spend it right."
It'll probably be a while before we hear those words again.
President Clinton, referring to the budget surplus in one of his State-Of-The-Union-Speeches, proudly opined. Does anybody listen? Why were his ratings so high when he speaks to us like dummies? We know how to spend our money, we earned it. Budget surplus! How about budget deficit? To the tune of 15 trillion and counting fast!
SOME 1811 Words, and their humorous impact today.
This week my wife dug around some used book stores and found this gem, entitled "1811 Dictionary of the VULGAR TONGUE". A dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and pickpocket eloquence. Its cover says: "An entertaining insight into the slang, wit, and humor of the late 18th century, when a ‘Flaybottomist’ was a school teacher, a ‘Carrion Hunter’ an undertaker, and a ‘Buttock Broker’ a matchmaker. Many words had different meaning then, ‘High Living’ meant ‘to lodge in a garret or cockloft,’ or a ‘faggot' was a stand-in soldier and, with special apologies to today's feminists, 'To Lib' meant 'to lie together'. And, believe it or not, a 'Pig' was a policeman."
What about our topic? Work! Well, the term used 200 years ago was "bread." Now a euphemism for money, it meant, employment, as defined both in Grose and the The Buckish Dictionary. "Out of bread, meant out of work, which isn’t a far jump from being out of money.
Copyright 1971 by Digest Books, Inc., Milton Klein, President,
540 Frontage Road, Northfield, Illinois 60093. ISBN #0-695-80216-X;
LCC#744-148724 in case anyone is interested.
WHAT I CALL THE 10 GREAT REMINDERS!
If you are anything like me you may wonder, when you stare at your calendar, what to put in all the blank spaces? Well, here are some suggestions I dug out of Investor’s Business Daily that will put you in the right frame of mind. For me, more like a thought a week.
1. HOW YOU THINK IS EVERYTHING: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of a negative environment
2. DECIDE UPON YOUR TRUE DREAMS AND GOALS: Write down your specific goals and develop a plan to reach them.
3. TAKE ACTION: Goals are nothing without action. Don’t be afraid to get started now. Just do it.
4. BE PERSISTENT AND WORK HARD: Success is a marathon, not a sprint. Never give up.
5. NEVER STOP LEARNING: Go back to school or read books. Get training and acquire skills.
6. LEARN TO ANALYZE DETAILS: Get all the facts, all the input. Learn from your mistakes.
7. FOCUS YOUR TIME AND MONEY: Don't let other people or things distract you.
8 DON'T BE AFRAID TO INNOVATE; BE DIFFERENT: Following the herd is a sure way to mediocrity.
9. DEAL AND COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE EFFECTIVELY: No person is an island. Learn to understand and motivate others.
10. BE HONEST AND DEPENDABLE; TAKE RESPONSIBILITY: Otherwise 1-9 won't matter.