Skip to comments.Word for the Day, Tuesday June 18, 2013
Posted on 06/18/2013 4:03:50 AM PDT by SoothingDave
Word For The Day, June 18, 2013
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".
boondoggle [boon-dog-uhl, -daw-guhl]
1. a product of simple manual skill, as a plaited leather cord for the neck or a knife sheath, made typically by a camper or a scout.
2. work of little or no value done merely to keep or look busy.
3. a project funded by the federal government out of political favoritism that is of no real value to the community or the nation.
4. to deceive or attempt to deceive: to boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.
5. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.
[193035, Americanism; said to have been coined by R. H. Link, American scoutmaster, as name for def]
It was 1981
Before the New Wave of British Heavy Metal
Before the hair bands
You had the All-American guitar hero
Who had just the right amount of cowbell
Sarah with a chicken.
Obama, the Chicago dog’ll
Try every ruse and boondoggle
To garner more votes
He’ll use whatever floats
Except truth; it just makes the mind boggle
Daniel’s canine pet, a boondoggle.
You can tell the Affordable Care Act is a boondoggle just by loking at it.
someone’s a little amped up because of their own impending boondoggle.
One hour into this seminar and it’s gonna be a looooong week.
Had some good seafood last night.
you gotta take the good with the bad....
I miss my chickens. We can’t have them here. You need a minimum of 3 acres to have any livestock.
You take the good
You take the bad
You take them both
And there you have...
Good song-my favorite Billy Squier song is “The Stroke”.
Congress has more hearings-
This time it is the NSA-
Another Obama boondoggle
To be above the fray
It really isn’t working-
The polls begin to show
Who you place a call to
Is only for you to know
The same for the internet-
No government-funded group
Should be using “safety”
As a reason to spy and snoop...
I’ve got to run a couple errands-back soon...
The facts of life.
Good news! My wife’s brother got a good job today. He’ll be supervising a production shift like he was previously.
That sounds wonderful-I’m always so glad to hear that someone found work in this economy...
He is also planning his wedding, so this will definitely make things easier. My wife and i had put in a deposit for the firehall for him.
I recall as a girl going to the park having boondoggle projects. Key rings, necklaces, bracelets. Those were the days.
Contact pittsburgh dad!! He wants to be invited to a firehall wedding so as to do a bit about them!!!
It’s just under a year away now. I imagine he’ll find someone’s wedding for his bit before that.
I’d never heard the word used in that sense before. Just the “enormous waste of (gov’t) resources” sense.
I think I’m gonna start calling my new car a “Spor-taj” like these Brits. LOL.
Honey, let’s take the Spor-taj to Tar-zhay.
You can google it in pictures and it will come up. It’s strips of plastic in different colors that you braid to make stuff. Girls love it.
But you knew that.
my girls always called that stuff GIMP! LOL! not sure what the derivation of that is either.
Boondoggle. The word itself points me immediately to one of the biggest evah: Boston’s “Big Dig”. A rebuild of Boston to accomodate traffic (the plan was already out of date and proven a failure before the first shovel-ready job was begun). What was to cost $3 Billion ended up somewhere near $20 Billion, and repairs for the many faulty works will be going on long past the time you and I have become dust.
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