Verb of the Week - Fluff

Verb of the Week - Fluff

By Donna Ambler on 23 May 2014

I've stumbled on a word this week that doesn't seem to have a definition in any dictionary I can find that matches the meaning I was looking for. So I am going to have to do my own editing.

Earlier this year when a girlfriend came to stay, I was playing the gracious host and had opened the bubbly and filled the cheese platter, but I was still in the kitchen. She scolded me to "Stop fluffing" and enjoy her company. Great advice indeed! I thought the use of the word fluff a bit odd at the time - but it perfectly describes how I spend so many hours of my week.

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Verb of the Week - Respond

Verb of the Week - Respond

By Donna Ambler on 13 May 2014

Somebody whose opinion I value gave me some sound advice last week. She told me to respond - not react - to a situtation that was concerning me. It took me a minute for the advice to sink in, but it's a reminder that will stay with me.

When I started to think more about this advice and searched the internet, I found there is a whole field of thinking on mindfulness and other psychological thinking that deals with our reactions and recommends more appropriate responses.

By definition, to react is to act in response to something; to respond in a particular way. It's a verb that dates back to the md-17th century, with Latin origins from the verb reagere, meaning done again.

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