BLUNDER: a gross, stupid, or careless mistake


We all mess up sometime. Believe me, I won’t begin to relate the dozens and dozens of times in my life when I’ve made a bad choice, used the wrong word, or said something that came out wrong.  It’s part of the human character to fail to function at 100% for an entire lifetime. But […]

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


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 […]

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


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 […]

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


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 […]

ENDORSE: to approve, support, or sustain


  Yesterday it was announced that former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, the 2012 Republican candidate for Vice President, would endorse Donald Trump for President on the Republican ticket.  The announcement was received with mixed reviews by the voting public.  Some believe that it is a huge endorsement, appealing to the ultra-conservatives in the party.  Others […]

BLOVIATE : talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.

A number of commentators have said that Republican candidate Donald Trump is guilty of “blathering and bloviating.” Whether I agree or disagree is irrelevant at this point.  What I would rather do is take a closer look at the term bloviate and let you make up your own mind as to whether the term fits […]