10 Words For Now. Can You Add More?


Mr. McGuire: I just want to say one word to you. Just one word.
Benjamin: Yes, sir.
Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?
Benjamin: Yes, I am.
Mr. McGuire: Plastics.
Benjamin: Exactly how do you mean?
Mr. McGuire: There's a great future in plastics. Think about it. Will you think about it?

Last week I posted of my fondness for Mrs. Robinson and The Graduate soundtrack album. But how can you think of that movie without remembering the one-sided conversation between young Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) and neighbor Mr. McGuire? That single word, plastics, representing an entire decade, an entire generation.

So it was "plastic" in the 60's. In the 70's the word was "computer."   "Apple" describes the 80's, and "Seinfeld" the 90's. Back to tech with "social-media" in the 2000's.

But is there a word now? Do you believe one word can be enough advice on which to launch a lifetime? One word to inspire your kids. One word to set them to a lifetime of happiness, or a lifetime of success, or a lifetime of doing good-and wouldn't be nice if that could all be one life.

I've put together a list of 10 words, but I am sure you can do better. Add comments and share on Facebook, or email me at les.raff@post.com. Let's find the best word for NOW.


  1. Voters
  2. Renewable
  3. Testify
  4. Empathize
  5. Driverless
  6. Data
  7. Molecular
  8. Representation
  9. Explore
  10. Equality

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