The Joy of Words

Strange word

This is a word you never want anyone to refer to you as.   

What does Mr. Lincoln mean here? This makes me think of Japan. In that land, no matter what you do, you do it to the absolute best of your ability every single time. If a Japanese person works at McDonalds, that individual will take great pride in being an excellent McDonalds worker. This type of culture, of always doing your best for yourself and others, this is what made living in Japan such a nice experience for me. What do you think? Is it like that in your culture too?