This is my boss, Kevin. He is not only a fashion icon:
He is also a master of the hidden sea creatures:
As well as the epitome of physical fitness:
He is also a total word-nerd. I’m not sure which is my favorite of his attributes, but I try to encourage them all.For Christmas I like to get him a Word-of-the-Day calendar for his desk.Over the last couple of years it has provided endless entertainment for the work group here.
Once in a while, a word will come up that is particularly fitting of an individual in our office, and then Kevin will pin the word to their office wall. It’s all great fun, and then I noticed the words on my wall the other day… I only have two and they are (drum roll please…)
Eristic \i-‘ris-tik\ adj: characterized by disputatious and often subtle and specious reasoning.
The back reads:
Did you know? “Eristic” means “argumentative” as well as logically invalid, and someone prone to eristic arguments probably causes a fair amount of strife among his or her conversational partners…”
And the next one??
Intransigent \in-‘tran-si-juhnt\ adj: characterized by refusal to compromise or to abandon an extreme position or attitude: uncompromising.
At first I was like “yeah, that totally sounds like me” and then I was all… “Wait a minute, Kevin thinks I’m a total b*tch” but then I realized we were probably both right.