Word (and Verse) of the Month:
brainiac

A fool and his words are soon parted;
a man of genius and his money.

William Shenstone (1714-1763), On Reserve
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My first guess is that you have encountered some
very smart and very talented people. I have, too.

My second guess is that you have also discovered
that the most intelligent and talented among them
are also the most unassuming. Modesty and
humility seem to expand with giftedness. That’s
what I’ve found, anyway.

That’s why I was so stunned to read that a person
in a very high office felt the need to declare
himself a genius. And a stable one at that!  Could
he be called a
brainiac, n. (brā’ nē ak) ?
An extremely intelligent person. From the villain,
Brainiac, in Superman comics, a mechanical,
emotionless cohort of Lex Luther. Probably a
combination of
brain and maniac.
Today, it is used more in a humorous sense to
denote a highly (exceptionally, even) intelligent
individual. You will sometimes see it capitalized.

Again, the stable, well-grounded people I know
don’t announce that fact. They don’t need to!
(Because they’re . . . stable!)

However, I tried to empathize and imagine and to
put myself in the mindset of such a person. I
came up with the following verse:
VERSE

Genius.  And sharp as tacks –
that’s me.  But . . . firmly grounded!
And charges I’m quixotic and small-minded are
unfounded.

Rash decisions?  Made-up “facts”?
I haven’t the capacity,
cuz mine’s a solid, level-headed perspicacity . . .

fueling smart, yet steady acts.
I’m not some dotard maniac.
No, I’m a stable, balanced, even-tempered
brainiac.

Gut reactions?  Not the track
for me.  It’s just the consequence
of my intense, High-Q, unflappable intelligence.
SAJones (1/2018)



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