In My Back Yard
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Imb ...

The name of my website, which always needs explaining, is, and is a play off the acronym, NIMBY. "NIMBY" means Not In My Back Yard, and is basically a "No" vote for anything we feel doesn't belong in our neighborhood, be it a nuclear power plant or a person of another color. IMBY is the "Yes" vote, when it comes to people and community (not necessarily Nuclear power plants). IMBY is also a four-letter domain name that I purchased back when short domain names were disappearing. Sometimes I think it's too "cute" sounding and I want to dump it for something hipper-sounding or web-savvy like "", but I still like what imby stands for.

And, once, I looked up "imb" words in the dictionary, and found that there are very few of them, and the ones that are there tell a kind of interesting story. Here's that list (originally posted on back in the bronze age of the webernet) The list brings to mind the party game where a player has to form a sentence from a list of terms. And ... begin!

the state of being out of equilibrium or out of proportion

a mentally deficient person; especially: a feeble-minded person having a mental age of three to seven years and requiring supervision in the performance of routine daily tasks of self-care

to drink alcohol (and one dictionary has this strange usage note: "formal often humorous"); to receive into the mind and retain (imbibe moral principles)

a confused mass; an intricate or complicated situation (as in a drama or novel); an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding

to sink to the level of a brute

to permeate or influence as if by dyeing


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