Don’t accept the kool-aid.

Each morning, I start my work day with a breakfast of

Some of the words (like farraginous) I can’t imagine using in my daily conversation. However, today’s word, kool-aid, immediately sparked fond childhood memories of icy cold drinks on hot days and cherry red stains on my shirts. And – as a bonus – an analogy.

Here’s Wordsmith’s definition of kool-aid*: “Something accepted without question. Usually used in the phrase ‘to drink the kool-aid’: to accept something unquestioningly…”

So what’s my point, you ask?

Don’t drink the information kool-aid.

Don’t click on the top link of your Google search and accept it as the answer to your research, patient care, (you fill in the blank) question.

Our professional librarians are experts at helping you find accurate, timely, cutting-edge information.

We spend our time to save you time.

Just ask! We’re easier to reach than ever.  ask a librarian

P.S. the etymology of this word is interesting, too. (O.K., I know…I’m a geek.)

From Kool-Aid, a powdered flavored drink introduced in 1927. It was earlier known as Kool-Ade, from respelling of cool + -ade (a fruit drink, as in lemonade). Earliest documented use: 1927.

This article was submitted by Susan Andersen.

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