Know Yer Terms!

Y’all, I’m such a doofus…

I’m taking an online novel writing course offered by Jerry B. Jenkins. The video lessons are benefiting me, and so is the online community of fellow students. We can toss a question out there, or a sample paragraph, and get helpful feedback and encouragement from classmates.

So, a discussion arose about some writing tool I’m not familiar with. I didn’t really pay attention, but couldn’t help noticing a comment from an experienced user… something about a “help” icon in the form of a man wearing a “phrenology helmet.”

Hmmm. I knew “phrenology” had something to do with medicine… relating to the kidneys… right?

But… phrenology helmet?

Kidneys got helmets??

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I was about to ask that question in the comments, but decided to Google “phrenology helmet” first…

Good thing I did, since this bad boy is what I found:

Yeah, phrenology has to do with the location of the various brain functions. In the 19th century, it was thought that you could tell how strong a particular faculty was based on the shape of the person’s skull over the part of the brain that held that faculty.

I’ve learned my lesson: Don’t jump into a discussion based on your own half-baked recollection.

My advice? Don’t be a doofus. Look it up.

Know yer terms!

Thanks for reading,

About Jan C. Johnson

Welcome! If you like food, reading, laughing over life's little disasters, and maybe thinking about the bigger things of life, you have come to the right place. Besides blogging, I write humorous fiction, though real life tends to leave fictional humor in the shade. But I'm not a total goofball. No, really. I'm also working on a biography project. I live in North Texas with my husband, Brent. We enjoy bicycling, Mexican food, and traveling to visit our kids and grandkids.
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1 Response to Know Yer Terms!

  1. Very cool; I love learning new words/terms.


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