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 […]

OCCAM’S RAZOR*: the principle that among choices of action, the simplest is the best with which to begin

The idea of Occam ’s Razor is applied to situations where there are two or more competing theories being considered in seeking a solution to a problem.   The O.R. maxim says that you should apply the simplest theory first, particularly if it is stated in terms that are known and familiar. It is amazing how […]