Call Me a Layman

25 Jan

A “layman” is a person who is a non-expert in a given field of knowledge. The term originally meant a member of the laity, i.e. a non-clergymen, but over the centuries shifted in definition.

The concept of describing something in layman’s terms has come into wide use in the English speaking world. To put something in layman’s terms is to describe a complex or technical issue using words and terms that the average individual (someone without professional training in the subject area) can understand, so that they may comprehend the issue to some degree.

Layman, ‘laity’: In short: “laity” means “common people”. The English word “laity” comes from the Greek laikos which meant “of the people”, “common” (common, in the meaning “unholy”, “unclean” and similar). The related verb laikoô meant “to make common”, “to desecrate”.

The best book on programming for the layman is “Alice in Wonderland”; but that’s because it’s the best book on anything for the layman.
Alan Perlis

life is simple.  It’s always been funny to me when people start dropping big words in a conversation, article, blog, stories, etc…so they can come off as looking more intelligent then the common folk.  Yet the same conversation, article, blog, story… can be put in layman’s terms and most if not everyone will understand the point you are trying to get across.  There is nothing wrong with being educated, knowing what CIRCUMLOCUTION means (look it up)…. the point I am trying to get at can be summed up in this little quote….

“keep it simple, stupid”


Strength OHS 5×5

Death by Power Clean

With a continuously running clock do one power clean the first minute, two power cleans the second minute, three power cleans the third minute…continuing as long as you are able.

*Use 55% – 65% of 1 RM Power Clean

taken from

4.5Mile run immediately after



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