Doug's Glossary

About the Glossary

In the interest of clarity we have added Doug’s Glossary. When we see a word that is a candidate for clarification, we will underline it and slap a link on it. You can then land on this page to see at least Doug’s definition of the word. Doug is a firm believer in the principle that clear thinking begins with clearly defined terms.


Ad hominem –

Literally it means “to the person.” An “ad hominem argument” is one which attempts to subvert the truth claims a person is making by attacking that person and thereby undermining his or her credibility. One result of the use of an ad hominem argument is the illusion that one has won an argument, when, in fact, the merits of the original truth claim have never been considered. Donald Trump is a liberal deployer of this method of “argument” to deflect criticism of himself. One of Trump’s time tested techniques is to label those who criticize or oppose him as “scumbags.” Given the indiscriminate manner in which Mr. Trump has conferred this label on well-meaning, honest souls who have valid concerns regarding his behavior, we now have to cope linguistically with the existence of “honest scumbags,” an unfortunate development which will undercut the original nasty meaning of the word. Applying other well used samples of the Trump vocabulary we might also have to contend with the prospect of an “AMAZING scumbag” or a “FANTASTIC scumbag” or even an “honest AMAZING FANTASTIC scumbag,” which would further the degeneration of the meaning of such a potent word.

exemplar -

one who serves as an example of, embodies or personifies a particular idea, pattern, attitude or way of being.

maverick -

(1) an unbranded range animal. (2) an independent- minded individual.

narcissism -

(1) a pattern of traits and behaviors which signify infatuation and obsession with one's self to the exclusion of all others and the egotistic and ruthless pursuit of one's gratification, dominance and ambition (also known as Narcissistic Personality Disorder); (2) extreme selfishness, with a grandiose view of one's own talents and a craving for admiration, as characterizing a personality type; (3) self-centeredness arising from failure to distinguish the self from external objects, either in very young babies or as a feature of mental disorder; (4) excessive self love; (5) excessive self-admiration. (6) self-preoccupation; (7) self-absorption; (8) self-obsession; (9) vanity.

PreRaphaelites -

a group of English 19th-century artists who consciously sought to emulate the simplicity and sincerity of the work of Italian artists from before the time of Raphael who was born in 1483.

ruminator -

(1) an animal which chews its cud; (2) one who ponders, thinks deeply, meditates; (3) one who chews on and digests ideas and experiences.

selfieness -

(1) preoccupation with self; (2) preoccupation with capturing and sharing images of oneself.