A Latin Dictionary open on a desk with reference books arranged behind it.Havoc. Mirriam-Webster defines Havoc as "1. Wide and General Destruction" or "2. Great Confusion and Disorder."

Those are what I call specific definitions with a very general meeting.

Here are two examples: Look at the havoc that puppy wrought in this room. Look at the havoc caused by that nuclear bomb. The first example might inspire images of a room with a chewed up couch, emptied wastebasket and the shredded contents strewn everywhere and puppy messes on the carpet. While not pleasant, it is not nearly as disturbing as a completely destroyed major city with the few survivors suffering from radiation burns and sickness.

 

Cartoon image of a mad scientist with bald head and manic look in his eyes.My friend Raymond over at Incoming Bytes had a good post the other day about eccentricity, and it reminded me of a college professor that taught advanced math. One of his favorite words to use in reference to certain ways of doing things was "Grotesque." He used it as a teaching tool.

It is doubtful many people ever pronounced his name correctly, or even got the spelling right. We'll just call him Dr. Math.

 

Painting of a Lily Fairy by Falero Luis RicardoI wonder if you've ever seen a fairy. These magical creatures usually have a human like appearance but with dragonfly or butterfly wings. Their skin is like porcelain and may be tinted a green that can only be found on...fairies. Fairies can change their size and shape at will; as small as a mosquito one moment, bigger than a human the next. One of the most famous of fictional fairies was Tinkerbell; she often appeared as a tiny, almost invisible spark that flitted here and there, doing magic. Other times she was a delicate, tiny creature with gossamer wings.

 

Picture of flathead catfish near and underwater rock lair.Fishing is an attempt to catch fish. Notice I wrote "attempt" because there are no guarantees. One individual brought before a judge for fishing out of season tried to reason with the judge by saying he hadn't caught any fish, so he wasn't breaking the law.

The judge responded by saying, "That's why they call it fishing."

The poacher was fined, court costs added, and he was sent on his way.

A baked apple pie decorated with vent holes.Easy on the eyes. Easy on the ears. Easy to do. Easy to say. Push the easy button. Take it easy.

If everything in life was easy, we'd all be on Easy Street and life would be easy as pie. I can do that -- easy peasy. The fishing is easy. Easy living. Easy Rider. That was easy. Easy come, easy go. Go easy on that, will you please. There, wasn't that easy?

Easy is one of those words that you can fit into just about any phrase to make something seem, easy. I kid you not. Try it out. Driving a car is... Opening the mail is... The refractory aspect of optical physics is... Okay so maybe not "everything" is easy. Certainly, Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity is not easy to understand. Neither is string theory or the difference between up quarks and down quarks (yes, they are real things).