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  • Thursday, April 20, 2006


    Word of the Day: Pronoid

    Pronoid: A word probably not in any dictionaries yet. I think some friends of mine came up with it. Pronoid is an antonym to paranoid. A person is pronoid if they believe everyone thinks they are wonderful, great, and smart, despite much evidence to the contrary. A pronoid has exceptional self-confidence without substantial reason for it.

    The word grew out of the popular Newage belief in affirmations and "creating your own reality" in the face of a stubbornly intractable reality. It describes a person who has incorporated a little too much of the "when life hands you lemons, make lemonade" viewpoint. Not merely optimistic, but pathologically incapable believing otherwise, usually in a very self-centered manner.

    Sometimes the pronoid attitude is covering for a profound insecurity but, in its purest form, it is cheerfully ignorant of such quibbles.

    Pres. Bush is probably pronoid. Sec. Rumsfeld, from all accounts, is probably so as well.

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