Blue-tacked to our kitchen fridge is a laminated list of our "family values", first idealistically penned when our (now-nearly-teenage) son was a toddler back in 2010.  

The inspiration for the list was born on a family trip to New York to visit friends. On the sides of every NYC police vehicle - from interceptor to motorbike to tuktuk - were the words "Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect." 

With a rambunctious 4yr old to manage, the idea of physically printing your values, and making them visible for all to see, really resonated with us. 

And so our own set of family "guidelines" has been stuck to our fridge ever since.  

Number 3 on the list, is "Say what you mean and mean what you say" - designed to remind us of the importance of being sincere and forthright in our communications with each other - well, we can only try!  

The concept of "meaning what you say" got me thinking about words and the way in which we use (or indeed misuse) them. 

As the article below explains, some have been so frequently misused they've become commonly accepted. To the extent that the Oxford English Dictionary has taken the step of altering some of its own definitions.

Here's a couple of examples that I for one wasn't expecting:

Terrific - not something "wonderful" or "positive" but rather that incites terror or fear. News to me.

Peruse - not, as I'd always understood to "lightly skim-read" something - but in fact the exact opposite, as in to study in great detail. Duly noted.

Perhaps it's time I "perused" the list below!