TENTPEGGING: an equestrian game requiring skill with a sword or long pole

Tentpegging is an ancient sport in which a rider on a game horse uses a sword or long pole to attempt to split or lift a small object placed on or in the ground while charging down a field. However, one of its origins is Asian, in which a rider attempts to place the sharp […]

OBDURATE: unmoved by appeals, pleads, common sense

The drama being played out in Libya these days has credentials of a soap opera at times, given the overly-dramatic responses of Mr. Qaddafi.   It lacks the humor of a soap opera, however, as peoples’ lives are being obliterated recklessly and “the light at the end of the tunnel” is so faint as to be […]

MEGALOMANIA: a symptom of mental illness marked by delusions of greatness, wealth, etc

Following the events in Libya these days it is easy to become confused about the logical process if I forget that the leader of the country, Col. Al Qaddafi, is a megalomaniac.  That may sound like a negative, judgmental  thing to say about someone, especially a head of state.  But it is less a personal […]