Reading everything –even a shampoo bottle

shampoo blogShampoo bottle reading? Really?

Yes, I am a reader.  I read almost every of the free newspapers found at coffee shops among other things.  Growing up, I read the cereal box as I ate my morning cereal.

So, it doesn’t strike me as strange that I recently read–in detail–some of the text on the shampoo bottle that my wife placed in the shower.

I guess I should be happy that my bottle of soapy water does so much.

First is says it has the collagen plumping effect.  My hair may like this but I am not too keen on anything that will make me look plump.

Next, the bottles says it is a weightless shampoo.  What? It sure seems to have some weight, or maybe that’s just the plastic bottle.  Seems to me that astronauts might benefit from this characteristic more than me.

Next, the label states that my shampoo is silicon free.  (No dash)  I had not idea why  this is a positive attribute, so like any good computer used, I Googled it.  Seems that silicon on the hair lessens the effect of hair dye.  The silicone coats the hairs, making it harder for the coloring to adhere.   This is not a concern to me–my hair has been gray for quite some time now.

I scratched my soapy head when I saw that the shampoo I use keeps my hair thick and full-bodied for 24 hours.  If I had  more time on my hands, I might time it to see what I look like in that 25th hour.

Actually, the 24-hour effect comes with an asterisk.  To attain this lofty goal, my bottle says I have to use other products–presumably from the same manufacturer— to condition and spray my hair.  I’ll take my changes, thank  you very much.

On the back of the bottle, I am assured that by using this product, I will have what the company calls, “healthier hair with every wash.”

Boy, do I feel better.


Dad bod –what is it?

Dad bod definition

Dad bod is a word I am hearing and seeing more and more.  I like to discuss dad_bod_definitiontrending words, so today it’s time to look at the definition of dad bod. says , “The term “dad bod” was virtually absent from American conversation until April 30, when a 19-year-old Clemson sophomore named Mackenzie Pearson penned a story in the Clemson Odyssey titled ‘Why Girls Love the Dad Bod.’ Her argument was counter-intuitive, suggesting that women are more attracted to men whose physiques reflect ‘a nice balance between a beer gut and working out’ than they are to hunks with washboard abs.”

A website called adds, “Dad bod is a male body type that is best described as ‘softly round.’ It’s built upon the theory that once a man has found a mate and fathered a child, he doesn’t need to worry about maintaining a sculpted physique.”

So maybe we don’t all have to have washboard abs, etc.—thank goodness.



Anticlockwise definition


anticlockwise_definitionAnticlockwise (or anti-clockwise) came up as a term in a recent podcast I was listening to.  I had to rewind to hear it again.

Sees this is a legit word, but has its roots in England.

The definition of anticlockwise is the same as counterclockwise (or counter-clockwise) here in the U.S.  turning in the opposite direction from the rotation of the hands of a clock.

First known use of ANTICLOCKWISE appears to be in 1879.




Cinquain word definition

cinquain_definitionCinquain — What is it?

In a recent discussion about poetry, this word came up  — cinquain.    I don’t know if I have ever heard it before, so I wrote it down.

In addition to being new, my mind thought, “Hmm, this would be a great Scrabble word.”

In the world of poetry, cinquain means:

a short poem consisting of five, usually unrhymed lines. These lines are two, four, six, eight and two syllables respectively.

In general, cinquain means a group of five.

Origin:  French, from cinq five, from Old French, from Latin quinque — more at five

First known use: 1882
Now you know the meaning of a new word. Had I been more clever and timely, I would have posted this on May 5 — Cinco De Mayo.

Hyperlapse — have you seen it?

hyperlapse_definitionHyperlapse video

You may not know the term but I bet you have seen this type of video.  It also goes by the names  walklapse, spacelapse, stop-motion time-lapse, motion timelapse and  moving timelapse.

This type of video is an exposure technique in time-lapse photography.   What is unique about hyperlapse videos is that the position of the camera is being changed between each exposure.

American filmmaker Dan Eckert coined the term hyperlapse.

Before a label was created, the technique itself can be traced back Guy Roland. He invented the technique in 1986, experimenting with a Super8 mm film camera. Roland compressed imagery by lining up objects and filming them one frame at a time. He gradually changed his vantage point between each photo.

Here is what has to say on the topic:

Time lapse photography is something that has been around for a long time. Traditionally however it requires you to have a tripod and the ability to stand still for hours on end.

Now, however, things have changed thanks to Instagram and its clever Hyperlapse app. The application lets you capture time lapse videos while you walk about, using a clever algorithm that will stitch all the images together and remove as much judder as possible.

Unlike Instagram, which is a social network, Hyperlapse is more of a photographic tool. Videos can of course be shared to Instagram, but hyperlapse exists as a separate application altogether.

I was surprised that hypelapse is not a video. It is a quick series of photos.

Check out Youtube for examples of hyperlapse and how to do it.


Bibulous definition

Bibulous  Now that is a word that I have never heard before.

As usual, I always look for different words as I read blogs, articles, etc.  I hear many on the podcasts I listen to.

In researching the fact that the inventor of the Pet Rock, Gary Dahl, died recently, one website had an interesting phrase.

In detailing how Dahl came up with the idea of the Pet Rock, the site stated that it all happened in a bar in a “flash of bibulous inspiration.”

Bibulous means excessively fond of drinking alcohol.  Additional definitions include absorbent or spongy.

Origin   1665-1665-Latin bibulus (bib (ere) to drink (cognate with Sanskrit píbati(he) drinks) + -ulus ulous )

Montebank — do you know one?

montebank definition


Mountebank is a word that I have never encountered.  I read the word recently, and thought I should investigate it.

Mountebank definition –

a person who sells quack medicines from a platform or a a boastful unscrupulous pretender.  This person may even be labeled a charlatan.
Origin of mountebank  — Italian montimbanco, from montare to mount + in in, on + banco, bancabench    It was first used in 1577.

Synonoms for mountebank:    phony, fraud, imposter, trickster, hoaxer

When thinking of this term, the 1970s craze of the pet rock came to mind.  Some might say that Gary Dahl, the inventor of this toy was a charlatan.  I disagree.  In my mind he was a marketing genius.  I must admit to falling for this crazy fad at the time.

By the way, Dahl died on March 23 of this year.