CHRISTOGRAM: a monogram or combination of letters that forms an abbreviation for the name of Jesus Christ

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Christmas gets more and more contentious every year.   Last year we in Rhode Island suffered through the silliest conflict between the Governor, Lincoln Chafee, and citizens of this fair state.   It revolved around the fact that the Governor referred to the decorated tree in the State House as a “Holiday Tree” instead of a “Christmas […]

NUCLEAR OPTION: legislation in the U.S. Senate to return the required number of votes to a simple majority

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Nuclear Option is a derogatory term employed by Republicans to describe the action taken in the U.S. Senate this week to remove the 60 vote requirement for affirmation of presidential nominees to lower court (Not Supreme Court) positions and other positions in the administration.    Republicans, who have enjoyed the filibuster capability and the requirement of a […]

VICTORY: that which is ascribed to a winner, not a loser

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This morning is a morning of victory…for the American people.   The entire Congress (meaning both houses) and the President have signed the legislation to re-open the government and to issue a temporary relief in the debt ceiling debate.  It’s not ideal, but it’s a victory, nonetheless. It is not a victory for the President…yet.   The […]

ANTITHESIS [an-TITH-uh-sis]: the direct opposite

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To begin with, a thesis is an idea or concept which is promoted as being the outcome of research.   To have a thesis about something means that you have come to a conclusion which you believe to be a fact.   In today’s world, for instance, the concept that global warming is occuring primarily because of […]

MODERATE (adj.): not extreme, excessive, or intense

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There was a day when there were three categories of political expression, the great bulk of which were called moderates.  It was that factor that drew me to register with a political party.  At first I was a registered Republican, drawing my enthusiasm from the political positioning of Nelson Rockefeller, then Governor of the State […]

SCHMISOGENESIS [shmiz-o-JEN-e-sis]: mirroring interactions in which every move by one side makes the other respond more negatively

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Wait!  Don’t click out of this just because it’s a long word!  I know, I promised that this blog would be about words we use in everyday language, but I couldn’t ignore this word that popped up in the Times the other day.  Bear with me.  It’s worth it. Schmisogenesis is an amazing word that […]