word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Limitrophe
LIH-mih-trohf
Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 16th century
1A borderland.2An immediately neighboring country.
 
Examples of Limitrophe in a sentence “The beginning of the neighbors’ limitrophe was defined by a hedge.” “Norway is a limitrophe with Sweden.”

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Did you know…


Did you know…

… that today is National Nut Day? There are over 50 types of nuts in the world and they are a primary source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife. Celebrate today by having a snack consisting of raw nuts or by learning all 50+ types of nuts. Or… you can just act like a nut. 😉

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What am I thinking about…


The box sat on the desk next to the computer. It had arrived earlier in the day and business had interrupted her opening it earlier. She didn’t who had sent it and briefly wondered who it might have been. As she began to unwrap it, she had no idea that opening it would completely change her life.

better and cheaper


Better and cheaper

That’s a pretty powerful combination. Some customers gravitate toward the option that offers ease, quality and convenience, while others prefer low price. If you can do both…

One way we’ve seen that done is with scale. Many people prefer the big box store to the local merchant. Not only is it often cheaper, but the selection might be dramatically better, the parking might be easier and in some rare cases, the service is better as well. How is this possible? Because volume pays off in almost every way that matters to the customer.

Another way is with proprietary insight. If a company has a production process, a patent or some other barrier, they can often deliver something faster and cheaper… a barrier that a competitor without that shortcut can’t overcome.

A third way is with herculean effort. When the people who work on the team simply care more. Caring is work, and caring is in short supply. An organization staffed with smart people who care can often run circles around a lazier competitor.

Most of the time, though, you’re probably unable to rely on one of these approaches. If that’s the case, the next best option is to choose. To actually be better (regardless of price) or to actually be cheaper. But pretending that you have both doesn’t work very well.

It costs a lot but it’s worth more than it costs.

courtesy: Seth Godin’s newsletter

Stoicism for Modern Stresses: 5 Lessons from Cato


1) Master the power of gestures. We talk about our times as the age of information overload, but public figures in all ages have had to compete to be heard. Ancient Rome was saturated with political talk: popular lawyers like Cicero consistently drew huge crowds, and the Roman people could regularly hear all-day parades of political speeches in the Forum. How could someone break through all that noise? Cato understood that actions are far easier to “hear” than words. So he perfected a style of politics-by-gesture. He went barefoot. He wore his toga commando (then, as now, not the fashionable thing to do). He walked alone without the usual entourage of aides. He slept in the trenches with his troops rather than relax in a tent; he marched alongside them rather than ride a horse. He surrounded himself with philosophers, not political advisors. Just a second’s glance at him told an onlooker everything he needed to know about Cato. Those gestures, more than any vote cast or speech given, made his reputation. Even his death at the end of Rome’s civil war was a statement against his enemies. One night, he retired to his room after dinner, and loudly called for a book—Plato’s dialogue Phaedo—and his sword. The Phaedo tells the story of the death of Socrates, a philosopher too principled to live, forced to drink poison by the political authorities. Cato wanted everyone to see the parallels. Then he gritted his teeth and disemboweled himself. To this day, his gesture against tyranny speaks as loud as any book or speech on the subject.

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After his return from Mumbai, I couldn’t find his luggage in the Brussels airport baggage area. I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags hadn’t shown up on the carousel

She smiled and told me not to worry because they were trained professionals and I was in good hands.

Then she asked me, “Has your plane arrived yet?”

Now many will smile at this joke, but the joke was on me. Apparently, while transshipping at Amsterdam airport, I changed the plane and they send the luggage in a cargo flight which usually arrives on time. It was late today and the lady was right – only she did not say ” Has your Cargo plane with your luggage arrived yet?” And I won’t know any ways – as it won’t show on the Passenger Terminal monitors.

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terrine – word of the day


WORD OF THE DAY
Terrine

tə-REEN
Part of speech: noun
Origin: 
French, early 18th century
1A meat, fish, or vegetable mixture that has been cooked or otherwise prepared in advance and allowed to cool or set in its container, typically served in slices.2A container used for a terrine, typically of an oblong shape and made of earthenware.
 
Examples of Terrine in a sentence “The special of the day was a salmon terrine served with rice.” “The chef carefully arranged the vegetables in a ceramic terrine.”

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