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"5 Commonly Used and Yet Obscure Terms"

Post on: October 22, 2020

In our daily lives, we may have come across terms which are good to know, but we might have overlooked them as we are bombarded with “infobesity” or information overload.

Then again, some of these terms may be worth knowing as it gives a feeling of empowerment in our daily activities; e.g. while meeting our clients. As we unleash such phrases in the course of our conversation, it makes us feel knowledgeable and enhances our self-image. Not forgetting, being likened to a repository of information.

Detractors tell me, “Aiyah! Such terms are nothing but a piece of cake! We’ve known them since our secondary school days! They aren’t obscure but well-documented terms.”

Well, congratulations! Such is the power of the internet; the millennials are barraged with such terms from an early age. I sometimes marvel at the varied subjects the younger generation talk about so effortlessly.

However, for the benefit of those who’ve failed to notice such terms, I have listed 5 commonly used and yet obscure terms.

  1. Gaze Detection – When someone is staring at us secretly, we will usually know about it, even if we are not looking at their direction. Our brains and eyes are skilled in sensing the gaze of others. Strangely, if the person turns their gaze away, the eerie feeling fades away.
  2. Fait Accompli – A thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it. Thus, leaving them with no option but to accept it. E.g. The decision of the management to downsize the marketing department came as a fait accompli; however, the staff were powerless to avert it.
  3. Sugar Rush – A sudden and brief burst of energy supposedly experienced after the consumption of food or drink with high sugar content.
  4. Delbouef Illusion — The Delboeuf illusion is an optical illusion of relative size perception. E.g. eating from a large plate can trick our brain into thinking we’ve eaten less than those who eat from a smaller plate. But in reality, we are eating more than them.
  5. Verbal Diarrhoea – This term is used to describe someone who hogs every conversation. Such a person babbles on incessantly and has really nothing important to say. E.g. During the debate, we need to distinguish a simple verbal diarrhoea from a genuine argument.

These words may not be heard regularly; however, they never fail to tickle the ear or amuse the mind. The Jolly Good Times hopes these terms come in handy in your everyday usage. If it’s worth knowing, it has to be shared — invite your kakis (buddies) to Like us Facebook and website.

By: Shaji Thomas Varughese

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