SCOOPED: beaten “to the punch” with a breaking story you hoped to publish

On Thursday I was scooped by John Dickerson in a Slate article.  He beat me to the punch with an article about the overuse of umbrage in today’s political world and its relationship to the inappropriate acceleration of the use of  the term war by political organizations.   If you’re going to be scooped, it isn’t […]

ESCHEW: to abstain from

The Lenten season is known for its practice of abstaining from sweets as a form of gentle sacrifice.  Shrove Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, is the day before Lent begins, and emerges from a tradition of cleansing the house of all things tempting, removing the sweets and fattening items which lure Christians from their good intentions.   […]