There are some things you just have to face up to - and they're all horrible.
That's the point of the words facing up to. Our faces are our main way of finding out what's happening around us: if it's something nasty then our instinct is to turn our faces away so we can't see, or hear, or taste, or smell, it coming.
Facing up to something takes bravery and stoicism.
Still, the press loves a tragedy and a cataclysm, so I wasn't that surprised to see a headline in The Telegraph online screech:
BRITAIN FACES STRAWBERRY SHORTAGE
Well, it made me laugh.
Mind you, so did a line on the same page talking about a salad crisis.
Word To Use Today: crisis. This is a Latin word meaning decision. Before that, the Greek word krinein meant to decide.