Word of the Day: Collaboration

The word of the day is collaboration.

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Definition of collaborate

collaborated; collaborating

intransitive verb

1 : to work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor ·An international team of scientists collaborated on the study.

2 : to cooperate with or willingly assist an enemy of one’s country and especially an occupying force ·suspected of collaborating with the enemy

3 : to cooperate with an agency or instrumentality with which one is not immediately connected ·The two schools collaborate on library services.

collaboration
\kə-ˌla-bə-ˈrā-shən\ noun

collaborative
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv, -b(ə-)rə-\ adjective or noun

collaboratively
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tiv-lē, -b(ə-)rə-\ adverb

collaborator
\kə-ˈla-bə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

I was musing over this word after hearing it repeatedly being misused on a podcast I watched last week. The person using it should have known better as he is the senior writer for the company putting on the podcast. I guess when one is a privileged, entitled, tenured individual who hasn’t had to do a hard day’s work since the age of 21, if ever, they can afford to be smug and arrogant about how collaboration is the only way to be a successful writer.

Their definition of collaboration can be summed up this way: “You do the writing and send me the draft. I’ll change it, copyright it and claim that it is mine and that you gave all creative rights to me. You do the work, but let me take the credit.”

That isn’t collaboration. That is theft.

Who wants to work with a thief? Answer: other thieves.

I’m not one.

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Psychosomatic

psy·cho·so·mat·ic

/ˌsīkōsəˈmadik/

adjective

adjective: psychosomatic

(of a physical illness or other condition) caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress.
“her doctor was convinced that most of Edith’s problems were psychosomatic”

synonyms: (all) in the mind, psychological, irrational, stress-related, stress-induced, subjective, subconscious, unconscious
“psychosomatic illnesses can produce very real physical symptoms”

•relating to the interaction of mind and body.

A good majority of so-called disorders are nothing more than over-dramatized psychosomatic conditions.

They only seem to be more prevalent than they used to be.

Attention-seeking contrivances. Nothing more.

They’re as obvious as junk mail and spam.

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Yes

Always

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