Jack’s Winning Words 5/2/17
“If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the precipitate.” (Henry Tillman) This quote is an example of a paraprosdokianism, where a sentence has an unexpected conclusion. In high school chemistry we did solution/precipitate experiments. In high school English I learned that the word, precipitate, means, a cause. I read this truism somewhere …“You’re either part of the solution, or part of the problem.” That fits many world and personal situations. ;-) Jack
FROM BB IN ILLINOIS: So fun and surprising. I recall the precipitate; it’s been a long time since college chemistry.====JACK: I most often used precipitate, in terms of "starting something." In today's political world, words seem to be the precipitate.
FROM BLAZING OAKS: Well, that's a new one! Although the "truism" is not...hopefully we're wise enough to realize when we are one or the other!! :-( ====JACK: Try to work paraprosdokian into a conversation today and see what response you get. First, practice saying the word.
FROM TARMART REV: . . always wanting to be part of a solution, in deed!====JACK: It's no fun being part of the problem.
FROM DAZ IN COLORADO: There is no middle ground Work on the solution or you may not like the one you get handed to you.====JACK: It may be trite, but it's true...Not to decide is to decide. Those who "don't want to get involved" are involved, whether they like it, or not.