MALARKEY [muh-LAHR-kee]: insincere or foolish talk


There are words that belong in our lexicon, but for which we have no specific information about their origin.  They just appear, get repeated over and over, and…the next thing you know…they  become a natural part of the vocabulary we employ on a day-t0-day basis. Such is the case for the word malarkey. It is […]

IDOL: any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion


The television phenomenon known as American Idol has elevated the use of the word idol to a new level.  The show purports to identify the new, fresh face and voice which will become the nation’s most revered singer in the years to come.   Over the course of the eleven years of its existence there have […]

VEEP: a casual, abbreviated way of identifying the Vice President

Now that it’s official, Paul Ryan will be the Republican candidate for Vice President of the United States, things begin to get a little clearer in the campaign.   There’s been an awful lot of “mush” over the past several weeks and months, but Ryan’s selection clarifies what the rest of the election campaign will be […]