PERORATION [per-uh-REY-shuh n]: a long speech characterized by lofty and often pompous language.


Every time I hear one of President Roosevelt’s speeches I am struck by the fact that he does little if anything to disguise his elite background.  His speech is that of a man who has had a superb education, was schooled in eloquence, and has a vocabulary of a scholar.  He thinks nothing of dropping […]

MODERATE (adj.): not extreme, excessive, or intense


There was a day when there were three categories of political expression, the great bulk of which were called moderates.  It was that factor that drew me to register with a political party.  At first I was a registered Republican, drawing my enthusiasm from the political positioning of Nelson Rockefeller, then Governor of the State […]

ARTICULATE [adj., n. ahr-TIK-yuh-lit; v. ahr-TIK-yuh-leyt]: expressed, formulated, or presented with clarity and effectiveness


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) has to have been one of the most articulate public speakers in our nation’s history.   His ability behind a microphone or on the back end of a campaign train was incomparable.  FDR’s ability to make a difficult point in words that could be understood by people with many levels of […]

WONK: a person who is obsessed with a specific academic pursuit

I have to confess to being a little confused by the result of my attempts to research the word wonk.   I’ve heard the word used a lot lately, so decided to make it my subject for today’s posting. The dictionaries didn’t prove to be a clarifier for me.  In fact, if anything they only added […]