When Rick Santorum blasted his way through Iowa on Tuesday to attain a virtual tie for the most vote-getters in the 2012 Iowa Republican Caucus, someone commented that he had “pulled out all the stops” over a concentrated period of time. It seemed to pay off as the candidate who had been running in the […]
For several years now there has been a public response to the presence of bullies in schools, organizations, sports, communities. There seems to be a natural aversion to anyone who uses size, power, strength, or words to diminish the life of a weaker person. In the past year or so we have seen children take […]
While the word deliquesce (pronounced del-a-kwes) is usually used in science to describe the concept of something melting away, like an ice cube, it also has literary applications. It can be used (as a verb) to describe the concept of an issue fading from prominence. For instance, a recent New York Times article about the […]
I first learned to use the word renegue when taking lessons in the playing of bridge. I was taught that it referred to the inappropriate act of playing a card out of sequence, as in trumping someone’s card by failing to follow suit. If you are not a card player, let me translate that into […]
WAR CHEST: money set aside or scheduled for a particular purpose or activity, as for a political campaign or organizational drive.
My wife pointed out to me the interesting feeling one gets when reading that a political candidate has a war chest. That’s a term which is used commonly to describe an accumulation of money designated for a political campaign. To be fair, it is a term which is usually used to describe a bank account […]