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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]

-n
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.

vt
4. to deceive or attempt to deceive: to boondoggle investors into a low-interest scheme.

vi
5. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.

[1930–35, Americanism; said to have been coined by R. H. Link, American scoutmaster, as name for def]


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1 posted on 06/18/2013 4:03:50 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: Fierce Allegiance; Jack Deth; K4Harty; miskie; Dutchgirl; cardinal4; MoochPooch; NeoCaveman; ...

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHeighGFZT0


2 posted on 06/18/2013 4:05:56 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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Sarah with a chicken.

3 posted on 06/18/2013 4:09:17 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

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


4 posted on 06/18/2013 4:19:08 AM PDT by TruthShallSetYouFree (July 4, 1776: Declaration of Independence. Nov 6, 2012: Declaration Uof Dependence. R.I.P. America.)
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To: SoothingDave

boondoggle

Daniel’s canine pet, a boondoggle.


5 posted on 06/18/2013 5:06:18 AM PDT by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: SoothingDave
That chicken enclosure is no boondoggle -- it is a mighty fine home for fowl. On the other hand:

You can tell the Affordable Care Act is a boondoggle just by loking at it.

6 posted on 06/18/2013 5:13:40 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: SoothingDave
Immigration reform + obamacare = boondoggle.
7 posted on 06/18/2013 5:30:11 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: SoothingDave
The next great boondoggle is Syria. Of course McRubio would have gotten us into the boondoggle sooner.
8 posted on 06/18/2013 5:47:26 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoothingDave

someone’s a little amped up because of their own impending boondoggle.


9 posted on 06/18/2013 5:53:25 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

One hour into this seminar and it’s gonna be a looooong week.

Had some good seafood last night.


10 posted on 06/18/2013 6:18:55 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

you gotta take the good with the bad....


11 posted on 06/18/2013 6:47:51 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

I miss my chickens. We can’t have them here. You need a minimum of 3 acres to have any livestock.


12 posted on 06/18/2013 7:24:40 AM PDT by secret garden (Why procrastinate when you can perendinate?)
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To: xsmommy

You take the good
You take the bad
You take them both
And there you have...


13 posted on 06/18/2013 7:49:54 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

14 posted on 06/18/2013 7:54:21 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: SoothingDave

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...


15 posted on 06/18/2013 8:43:09 AM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SoothingDave

The facts of life.


16 posted on 06/18/2013 9:16:17 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (DC, it's Versailles on the Potomac but without the food and culture)
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To: SoothingDave
The ongoing massive data collection effort by the Government is more than a mere boondoggle -- the aim to bond Google and other Internet concerns with Federal agencies, and basically have BO logged on & aware of your everyday activities is not an area where the Common Good belongs in a representative Republic.
17 posted on 06/18/2013 9:58:57 AM PDT by mikrofon (WFTD Bump)
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To: xsmommy

Good news! My wife’s brother got a good job today. He’ll be supervising a production shift like he was previously.


18 posted on 06/18/2013 12:14:54 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

That sounds wonderful-I’m always so glad to hear that someone found work in this economy...


19 posted on 06/18/2013 12:55:53 PM PDT by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: Texan5

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.


20 posted on 06/18/2013 1:14:41 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

I recall as a girl going to the park having boondoggle projects. Key rings, necklaces, bracelets. Those were the days.


21 posted on 06/18/2013 3:12:59 PM PDT by tioga
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To: SoothingDave

Contact pittsburgh dad!! He wants to be invited to a firehall wedding so as to do a bit about them!!!


22 posted on 06/18/2013 3:39:30 PM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy

It’s just under a year away now. I imagine he’ll find someone’s wedding for his bit before that.


23 posted on 06/18/2013 4:46:46 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: tioga

I’d never heard the word used in that sense before. Just the “enormous waste of (gov’t) resources” sense.


24 posted on 06/18/2013 4:47:44 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: xsmommy

http://www.kia.co.uk/new-cars/range/suvs-4x4-cars/new-sportage/intro-video.aspx

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.


25 posted on 06/18/2013 5:29:04 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SoothingDave

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.


26 posted on 06/18/2013 6:27:11 PM PDT by tioga
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To: NeoCaveman

Bingo.

But you knew that.


27 posted on 06/18/2013 9:38:00 PM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: tioga

my girls always called that stuff GIMP! LOL! not sure what the derivation of that is either.


28 posted on 06/19/2013 7:13:16 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: SoothingDave

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.


29 posted on 06/19/2013 7:18:50 AM PDT by theDentist (FUBO; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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