LONGSHOT: an attempt or undertaking that offers much but in which there is little chance for success.

LONGSHOT

Probably this word, longshot, is most familiar from the realm of horse racing.  It is a horse that is not believed to be awfully good.  The odds on the horse winning are very low.   The person who bets on this horse is said to be betting on a longshot, who, if he wins, will pay […]

FAIR: free from bias, dishonesty, or injustice

FAIR

I’ve just finished listening to the President nominate Judge Merrick Garland for the empty seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.  His choice is a good one, which appears to be based entirely upon Judge Garland’s credentials and temperament. That is what the Constitution asks for, and President Obama has used great discretion in making this […]

Burglar in the House : a short-short story by Jed Waverly

Burglar

It was a dark and stormy night. Rick and Sarah were comfortably asleep in their second floor master bedroom.  It had been a long day, and sleep came easily to them. They had arrived home just before midnight, having driven through the storm, avoiding tree limbs falling, flooded streets, and live wires every place.  The […]

OUTLIER: someone who stands apart from others of his or her group

outlier

This political season has given rise to the use of any number of words that have a “fresh” meaning to them.  Among those words is the term outlier.  It’s not a new word, having been around since the 1600’s having been used to describe stones that have been quarried buy not used.  They lie around […]

BULLY (v.): to use an unfair advantage to pressure a person into undesired compliance

bullies

The very idea that the Senate will not allow the President of the United States to name a new member of the U.S. Supreme Court is, to me, a form of bullying. The claim is that it is inappropriate to make such an appointment in a political year.  That’s a pile of crap.  It has […]

NIGGLE: to criticize, especially constantly or repeatedly, in a peevish or petty way; carp:

NIGGLE2

A niggle has a number of variable meanings.   It can be something as simple as a persistence of attention to an insignificant issue.  Or it can be to work ineffectively.   In soccer (or international football) a niggle is an injury, hopefully a small one. But the definition I have chosen to pursue today is that […]