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6 new definitions for words you don't usually want to hear

Who says words have to mean what they mean?

What if we were able to turn discouraging words on their head?

That's exactly what artist Nkiruka "Kiki" Nwasokwa set out to do.

"I've always loved playing with words — but one day I had the strange thought: 'What if there were acronyms that actually said the opposite of the word they formed?'"

Out of her desire to empower people to feel better about themselves, the project, Operation Inside Out was formed.


Here are the words getting redefined, one acronym at a time.


1. FAIL

When you think about it, failure does lead to more interesting outcomes! Good point.

2. OBSTACLE

Challenge can be a blessing. This is a good way to look at obstacles, don't you think?

3. DOUBT

Often when we feel doubt, we don't believe in ourselves. This redefinition just assumes brilliance. Nice!

4. MISTAKE

Mistakes do help us see things in a whole new light. Insight is definitely the key word.

5. DIFFICULT

Inspiration + challenges = transformation. Nailed it.

6. DISCOURAGED


Feeling discouraged is especially hard. Confidence and resolve are what you need to get back to doing what you were meant to do.

It's easy to feel stuck when these words come your way. I'm sharing this in case these new definitions help someone get over their setbacks and get back to doing what they do best.

I was inspired to make one myself! Here it is:

7. SETBACKS

That wasn't easy!

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Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

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A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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Family

A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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