Skip to comments.Word For The Day, Thursday, May 27, 2010 - defalcation
Posted on 05/27/2010 4:39:44 AM PDT by secret garden
In order that we might all raise the level of discourse and expand our language abilities, here is the daily post of "Word for the Day".
defalcation \dee-fal-KAY-shun\ noun
1 : the act or an instance of embezzling
2 : a failure to meet a promise or an expectation.
"'She made off with the money, an act of defalcation that disqualifies her from receiving a bankruptcy discharge,' the judge ruled."
--Orlando Sentinel, March 21, 2004
"The tea table shall be set forth every morning with its customary bill of fare, and without any manner of defalcation." No reference to embezzlement there! This line, from a 1712 issue of Spectator magazine, is an example of the earliest, and now archaic, sense of "defalcation," which is simply defined as "curtailment." "Defalcation" is ultimately from the Latin word "falx," meaning "sickle" (a tool for cutting), and it has been a part of English since the 1400s. It was used early on of monetary cutbacks (as in "a defalcation in their wages"), and by the 1600s it was used of most any sort of financial reversal (as in "a defalcation of public revenues"). Not till the mid-1800s, however, did "defalcation" refer to breaches of trust that cause a financial loss, or, specifically, to embezzlement.
The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day. The Review threads are linked for your edification. ;-)
Practice makes perfect.....post on....
Review Thread One: Word For The Day, Thursday 11/14/02: Raffish (Be SURE to check out posts #92 and #111 on this thread!)
Review Thread Two: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/14/03: Roister
Review Thread Three: Word For The Day, Tuesday 1/28/03: Obdurate
WFB's attempt to emulate us ; ) No pushing at the door please!
Turned on the ‘puter and there you are. Morning.
Rise and shine!
With or without the “l” the WOTD describes libtards. (The letter “ell” not the number “one”.)
VP Biden Admits Obama Stimulus Plan a Failure on Meet the Press everyone guessed wrong on the impact of the stimulus
BP is working to plug the leak.....the administration should have taken the lead in minimizing the fallout from what is already in the environment. they cannot even formulate a plan let alone enact one. this is a mega fail on ‘bams part and the die is cast....he will not escape this one.
The liberals’ infatuation
With spending beyond calculation
Will lead to inflation
“Rob Pete to pay Paul” defalcation
I don't think anyone in the White House even know anybody who is more competent than the oil industry.
nor do they want to, because anything to do with oil is EVIL, and connected to BUSH.
As a highly educated teacher, with a masters, she should have realized that even if NJ's reporters didn't look up her salary an industrious blogger would. Guess she is not so bright despite all that education. Or she is a boldfaced liar.
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