‘ficial’ is a not-word – one of those words that’s implied by other words but which doesn’t actually exist. For example, the word nonplussed (upset, taken aback, disturbed) implies the existence of plussed (content, happy, calm). Superficial is the anti-root of ficial:
su‧per‧fi‧cial [soo-per-fish-uhl] – adjective
- being at, on, or near the surface
- of or pertaining to the surface
- external or outward
- concerned with or comprehending only what is on the surface or obvious
- shallow; not profound or thorough
- apparent rather than real
- insubstantial or insignificant
and so ficial is something like real, core, substantial, what’s underneath, internal. I certainly don’t expect everything I post here to be Deep or Meaningful, but it’s a reminder to me to at least try to think things through before I spout off.
My name is Chris Warren.
I work for Williams College in the Office for Information Technology (OIT). I do application programming, web programming, database work, systems integration, and some systems administration. I teach workshops, serve on the Campus Environmental Advisory Committee, go to some conferences, and generally have a rich and fulfilling professional life.
I also cook, play RPGs, garden, design board and card games, read, make pottery, hike, create bonsai, spend time with friends and family, and generally have a rich and fulfilling personal life.
I’m interested in many things, perhaps even most.