ENDORSE: to approve, support, or sustain


  Yesterday it was announced that former Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, the 2012 Republican candidate for Vice President, would endorse Donald Trump for President on the Republican ticket.  The announcement was received with mixed reviews by the voting public.  Some believe that it is a huge endorsement, appealing to the ultra-conservatives in the party.  Others […]

TIE A BOW ON THIS PIG: to make something good out of a bad situation

Anyone who was paying attention during the presidential election of 2008 will remember the numerous times the idiom, “like putting lipstick on a pig,” was employed.   The entire idiom continued, “It’s still a pig.”  While it’s a humorous idiom, it was used in  a sexist, nasty way to refer to Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate […]

HISTORY: the actual events which preceded the present time

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere” The poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is as familiar to school kids as Washington crossing the Delaware, or Benedict Arnold becoming a traitor to the colonial forces.   Paul Revere, famed silversmith of Boston, watches from a distance for the lamp(s) to […]

GRAVITAS: seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.

I have to keep remembering that gravitas is  style, not a thing. It is a word that describes a concept more than a specific person or group of persons. The best way to remember that is to keep a sentence in mind in which I use the word gravitas. For instance, I might say, The […]

PALINDROME: A word, phrase, verse, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.

Believe it or not, this post is not about Sarah Palin. As tempting as it may be,  I will avoid the coincidence of spelling which occurs when exploring the word palindrome. As the bar above says, a palindrome is a word or phrase which reads the same backwards and forwards.   When I was a kid […]

LIONIZE: to treat someone as a celebrity

It’s fascinating.  The word lionize emerges from a time when the ability to see a real, live lion in a zoo setting was rare.  In some places, London in the late 16th century, for instance,  it was so rare that “everyone” went to the zoo to see the lions.  Consequently, to lionize came to mean […]