I am posting this in Lighten UPS for a reason. Maybe it's time for us to LIGHTEN UP. There has been a lot of denigration going on for quite some time. I guess it is a matter of 'Tis the Season'. I am googling (OMG I'm actually using google, like that's a bad thing) the word denigrate. I use google to support and add to, my position, to verify what I know denigrate to mean. The following is from Merriam - Webster: [h=2]den·i·grate[/h] transitive verb \ˈde-ni-ˌgrāt\ den·i·grat·edden·i·grat·ing [h=2]Definition of DENIGRATE[/h]1 : to attack the reputation of : defame <denigrate one's opponents> 2 : to deny the importance or validity of : belittle <denigratetheir achievements> — den·i·gra·tion noun — den·i·gra·tive adjective — den·i·gra·tor noun — den·i·gra·to·ry adjective [h=2]Examples of DENIGRATE[/h] Her story denigrates him as a person and as a teacher. No one is trying to denigrate the importance of a good education. We all know that it is crucial for success. denigrating the talents and achievements of women [h=2]Origin of DENIGRATE[/h]Latin denigratus, past participle of denigrare, from de- +nigrare to blacken, from nigr-, niger blackFirst Known Use: 1526 [h=2]Related to DENIGRATE[/h]Synonyms: bad-mouth, belittle, cry down, decry,deprecate, depreciate, derogate, diminish, dis (also diss) [slang], discount, dismiss, disparage, kiss off, minimize, play down, poor-mouth, put down, run down, talk down, trash,trash-talk, vilipend, write off Antonyms: acclaim, applaud, exalt, extol (also extoll),glorify, laud, magnify, praise [+]more This one is from Dictionary.com [h=2]den·i·grate[/h] [den-i-greyt] Show IPA verb (used with object), den·i·grat·ed, den·i·grat·ing.1.to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner;sully; defame: to denigrate someone's character. 2.to treat or represent as lacking in value or importance;belittle; disparage: to denigrate someone's contributions to aproject. 3.to make black; blacken: rain clouds denigrating the sky. Origin: 1520–30; < Latin dēnigrātus (past participle of dēnigrāre toblacken), equivalent to dē- de- + nigr ( āre ) to make black + -ātus-ate[SUP]1[/SUP] Related formsden·i·gra·tion, noun den·i·gra·tive, adjective den·i·gra·tor, noun den·i·gra·to·ry [den-i-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] Show IPA,adjective self-den·i·grat·ing, adjective EXPAND Synonyms 1. malign, besmirch, slander, traduce, disparage, vilify. See decry. One might think that I am singling out one particular person and though this is directed to that person, it is not meant for that person alone. There are many people that denigrate others, myself included on occasion. We all have our niche's here. We all fill a need, either for ourselves or for someone else. Feel free to post your word, and of course GOOGLE is absolutely necessary!!