I never speak in absolutes

Published: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 05:18 PM.

Politicians and vocabulary don’t mix. Meanings of words disappear when they come out of their mouths. You can’t take what they say literally because it can change around however the polling winds blow.

Speaking of verbal diarrhea attacks, I hate it when I hear pundits use “bottom line” to impart finality to what they’re saying. It stinks.

You’d think that term wouldn’t bother an accountant, but in measuring actions and reactions it’s completely useless. There are often footnotes below the bottom line. Duh.

Such dogmatic bloviating offends my intelligence as it should yours. Reality is a collection of hues, and depending which ones you bring together, about any picture can be fashioned.

I like writing this column but I’m not a “writer” in the literary sense. However, I do have a decent vocabulary, which gives me some choices of shading and nuance when putting ideas or thoughts on paper.

Years ago we subscribed to the “Readers Digest” and a regular feature was words and their meanings. It was a section called “It Pays To Increase Your Word Power.”

I wonder where kids today find new words to add to their toolboxes. Hopefully it’s not from their music and certainly not from their texting lexicon.



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