LOOPHOLE: an opening or aperture.


It’s almost boring to find that the real meaning for the term loophole has to do with holes in the wall of a castle wall, through which shots (or arrows) can be fired at the enemy.  Ho-hum. It is a word from 16th century England which means “arrow slit.”  That is what I have described […]

IMPETUOUS [im-PECH-oo-uh s] : impulsive, an action done without a lot of thinking

Yes, in case you recognize the torso of the cliff jumper in the photo, it is Justin Bieber.  I didn’t have to search very far to find an article about him which fits today’s word, impetuous.  In his short, but colorful, career, there have been dozens of times when his picture has appeared on the […]

VACCINE: preparation used as a preventive inoculation to confer immunity

My favorite NPR host pointed out today that Americans have the memory of gnats.   His point of reference was that when Ebola was rampant and we in America were concerned about what would happen if Ebola came to the USA it was the #1 news story of the day…every day.   Front page, above the fold  […]

VOTE: to express or signify will or choice in a matter, as by casting a ballot


Finally, after millions of dollars and innumerable hours of television advertising, tons of lawn signs, phone calls from all over the country (even though it’s local elections this year,) and doorbells ringing all hours of the day and evening, it is election day in the United States.   The candidates have done their thing.  Volunteers are […]

THE IDES OF MARCH: the 15th of March

the ides of march

This is the day.   Beware of being in the presence of your political enemies.   This is the day on which Julius Caeser was stabbed to death by his frenemies while attending a meeting of the Senate of Rome.   He had been warned in advance that danger would befall him before the Ides of March, meaning […]

RED HERRING: a fallacy in which an irrelevant topic is presented in order to divert attention from the original issue.

red herring

I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, NCIS-LA, the other night.  It was an episode which took place in a fish market.   At one point,  Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen)  comes up holding a plastic bag in which a large, red fish is seen.   Always the jokester, he displays it laughingly and says, ” […]