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Tag Archives: Merriam-Webster Online

ETYMOLOGY: CRONY, CRONYISM

MERRIAM-WEBSTER nails cronyism as “partiality to cronies especially as evidenced in the appointment of political hangers-on to office without regard to their qualifications.” Furthermore, M-W defines a crony as “a … Continue reading

April 2, 2018 · 1 Comment

TREACHERY—AN ETYMOLOGICAL AND EDUCATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

SEEKING AN example of unmitigated treachery, I offer Trump and DeVos’ recent proposal for educational aspects in the fiscal 2019 federal budget. According to whitehouse.gov, “The President is responsible for … Continue reading

February 27, 2018 · 4 Comments

VIKING MOJO

JUAN COLE is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, with a speciality in the relationships of the Muslim world with the West. I … Continue reading

February 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY: BELLWETHER

IT SEEMS immodest to quote one’s own comment, but I believe I may have originated “Satire is the bellwether of the body politic.” (Googled, this truism cites SimanaitisSays as its … Continue reading

February 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

SYCOPHANTS? NAILED ‘EM, ONE AND ALL!

THERE HAVE been people called sycophants since 1575. But why are we so plagued with so many of them today? For just two examples, see Trump cabinet lovefest, June 12, … Continue reading

December 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

ON BEING BAMBOOZLED

WHAT A funny word “bamboozle” is. At first glance, it reminds me of that rude noisemaker blown at World Cup matches. (No, that’s the vuvuzela. On the other hand, if … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

ON THE KINGDOM OF NAMBY-PAMBY

I OFFER today’s SimanaitisSays as amelioration of the U.S. President’s U.N. covfefeing of two African nations, Namibia and Zambia, into “Nambia.” Nambia? I researched this illusive place. The earlier kingdom … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 1 Comment