SULLY: to stain or tarnish


The word sully is usually used in connection with the words “one’s reputation.”   It refers to the intentional act of defaming someone, of saying or doing something that stains their reputation and destroys their integrity in the public’s eyes.  It is a word that comes to us in English from the French  word souiller  which means […]

SCANDAL: the reporting and discussion of a disgraceful action or event


Scandals are prolific in the press these days.   They range from sports “heroes” who are found to be using strength-enhancing drugs to Presidents of countries who have multiple mistresses. In the United States we have our own current scandal.   It involves political dirty tricks, and may even include illegal use of campaign funds by New […]