How many times have we seen and heard celebrities, politicians, businesspeople and others receive public awards or accolades, and the first thing they say is “I am so humbled by this award”? Huh? Dictionary.com defines “humble” as “having a low estimate of one’s own importance.” What is the opposite of “humble,” that award-winning folks appear to want to avoid like the plague? “Exalt.” “Elevate.” I just don’t get it. Awards are given for achievement, hard work, skills, devotion, determination, winning, intelligence, improvements. Why would a person want to belittle their own accomplishments by calling themselves “humble?” If they are humble
Strange word selection, no? I’m not sure how common a phrase this is. Having heard it first in Econ 101 in “the ago,” I always envisioned large swaths of eligible voters sitting on stools at their election places, slipping off their shoes (a chilly situation in November in the eastern states!), and depressing (pun intended) the levers with their toes. Not exactly what my prof had in mind, no doubt, but internally amusing nonetheless. I recently considered this phrase when confronted with an unpleasant situation. Unhappy with being declined for a number of concert ticket requests from my favorite band’s
Last week, the owner of the 131-year-old paper mill in Luke, Md. announced its closing as of June 30. Six-hundred-and-seventy-five people will lose their jobs, and consider how far-reaching the implications: Families of those workers; businesses that cater to those workers; businesses that offer services to the mill; the loss of tax revenue to local governments. Luke is a small town. The mill closing could be cataclysmic. Folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but YOU caused this. How many of you have a “please save a tree and don’t print this email” in your online signature?