Monday, June 14, 2010

Some New Favorite Terms

As I have spent many, many hours reading over the past year for my masters classes, I have been exposed to a plethora of new vocabulary words. I think it is interesting to see all the terms that have been created and used as labels.

My favorites, however, have come in just this last week of reading. I guess because they can translate so well in to the everyday world and situations that we face. I would like to share a few of them and help you enlarge your vocabulary as well (these are taken from an article by Deal & Petereson in 1999 titled, "Transforming Toxic Cultures"):

"Keepers of the Nightmare" which refers to people who never fail to remind everyone of dreams that went awry, hopes that have been dashed, and things in the past that did not work as they were supposed too.
I thought that this one was funny. I can think of many people who seem to fit this role. I love the name of this role.

"Negaholics" are people who "find something negative, nasty, unfavorable, or pessimistic" in anything that is said or done.
I think just as alcoholics struggle to give up their drink, negaholics THRIVE on the negative. I find that in today's world, it is more and more difficult to avoid being a negaholic. I think that this is the most prominent negative role of all that are listed. Too bad so many people I know are this way.

"Prima donnas" are those who want all the best of everything for only themselves, including: attention, focus, and everything to revolve around them.
I feel that this one is pretty self-explanatory. I think this term can apply to both male and females. However, most that I know who fit this role are female- lol.

and lastly, "Saboteurs" who are consistently looking for ways to "sabotage, scuttle, or ruin a new idea or positive activity that may occur".
Hmmm. Seems this one can really take things down quick.

I guess that those are all the terms I care to share right now. I will hopefully have time in the near future to share more of my favorite terms!

Later...

1 comment:

  1. Wow - I know several people who fit many of the categories you listed - and you're right - they do tend to fit our day to day lives apprpriately. Thanks for sharing - E :)

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