razzle-dazzle.

[raz–uh l-daz–uh l] noun, Informal. showiness, brilliance, or virtuosity in technique or effect, often without concomitant substance or worth; flashy theatricality. Customer service. Sometimes you’re just not in the mood to smile and to wait on people and to get one more side of sour cream. Sour moods are hard to sweeten. I needed aContinue reading “razzle-dazzle.”

ameliorate.

[uh–meel-yuh-reyt, uh–mee-lee-uh-] verb (used with or without object), ameliorated, ameliorating. 1. to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve. Sometimes I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. My bed is against the wall, so maybe I should pull it out a little so I have a better chance ofContinue reading “ameliorate.”

humblebrag.

[huhm-buh l-brag] noun a statement intended as a boast or brag but disguised by a humble apology, complaint, etc. It’s so funny that this was just the word of the day. I was too tired to blog about humblebrag, because I was completely worn out from running ten miles in the 62 mile Sawtooth Relay through rain, snow, sleet, and hail. I’m cracking myself up because I can’t even humblebragContinue reading “humblebrag.”

ort.

[awrt] noun Usually, orts. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal. When a customer leaves behind orts on their plate and they say something like, “Oh, I tried! I just couldn’t finish the huge Idaho spud!” I like to wink and say, “You’ve got to leave a little behind to have a little behind.” I usually walk away before hearing their response soContinue reading “ort.”