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 […]

CAHOOTS [kuh-HOOTS]: in league with, to partner with


I was preparing the text for an upcoming post and used the term “in cahoots.”  I stopped right there and thought, I wonder if people know that term.  It’s kind of archaic.  At times I tend to take for granted that people of a different generation know the colloquial terms that were more common in my […]