Framing the Dialogue

Framing The Dictionary

Thinkpol (think – poll)

Thinkpol is defined as:

“Also known as the Thought Police in George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four

Synonyms:  NHL, NFL, college speech codes, McCain-Feingold, “Hate Crime,”

Can you use it in a sentence?

thought policeThikpol use psychology and surveillance (even within homes) to seek out and destroy people who even think about challenging authority.  The Thought Police are used to investigate and punish citizens who have committed “thoughtcrime.”  The goal is to control speech.

Can you give me an example? 

Procrastination (pro·cras·ti·na·shun)

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A clever photograph will be inserted here eventually.

Procrastination is defined as:

“putting off to a future time; delay; behavior which is characterized by the deferment of actions or tasks to a later time”

Synonyms:  “eating crow”

Can you use it in a sentence?

Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is burried. (author unknown).

Can you give me an example?

Ok, but later………………………………….

Mea Culpa (mā’ə kŭl’pə)

Mea Culpa is is defined  as:

“An acknowledgment of a personal error or fault.”

Synonyms:  “eating crow”

Can you use it in a sentence?

meaculpa“Mr. Bush didn’t cough up his modified-limited mea culpa until he’d seen his whole administration flash before his eyes.” [This was the example actually used at Answers.com for the definition.  The sentence is attributed to Frank Rich of the New York Times.  This is also a good example of a reporter expressing his opinion in his writing.  Calling a sitting president “Mr. Bush” is disrespectful.  One must ask “Why so Vitriolic, Frank?”]

Czar (zar)

Czar us defined as:

“One having great power or authority.”

Synonyms:  autocrat, despot, leader, ruler

Can you use it in a sentance?

“So in effect we have NON-ELECTED officials, who are backed by The White House, who are given the tools and resources to do the bidding of the President and they are accountable to NO ONE! These czar’s don’t have to undergo Senate Confirmation Hearings, they just get appointed.”

What does Charles Krauthammer think?

“More czars than you find at a Romanov wedding.  What I don’t understand is why you want to call anybody a “czar.” The czars had a sorry history of success and achievement.”

Obfuscate (ob – fuh – skeyt)

Obfuscate is defined in as:

“To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand”

Synonyms: muddle, perplex, cloud

President Obama often starts his remarks with the statement “I want to be very clear” then obfuscates the topic.  (this is a semi-quote from Rush Limbaugh.  Since I was driving I have to rely on my memory as to the exact phrasing.)

Can you give me an example?

Update – Hubris (hew – bris)

Update July 14, 2009 – With the start of hearings for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Sonya Sotomayor, the hubris was on display.  Contrast the behavior and words of leading Democrats as they smooth the way for Obama’s nominee.  Apparently Judge Sotomayor is “the most experienced Supreme Court nominee in 100 years.”  No word about how many times her rulings were overturned (Answer is 60% overturned).  Maybe that is what make her so experienced.  After all we learn more from our mistakes.

Vitriol (vit – ree – all)

Vitriol is defined as:

“Bitterly abusive feeling or expression, language expressing bitterness and hatred.”

Synonyms:  insult, revilement, invective, vilification, or abuse

Quotable:

“Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him..”

                                                                                   Edgar Watson Howe

Can you use it in a sentence?

The frequent vitriol displayed by many liberals must indicate a basic insecurity in their beliefs, intelligence, policies, and positions.

Can you give me an example?

Stimulus (stim – you – less)

Stimulus is defined as:

“Something that rouses or incites to action or increased action; incentive”

Synonyms:  inducement, provocation

Can you use it in a sentence?

President Barack Obama said the $787 billion economic stimulus plan is beginning to take hold and that work is coming in “ahead of schedule and under budget.”

Can you give me an example?

The stimulus package was hoisted on to the taxpayers as a means to “rebuild crumbling roads and bridges, modernize airports and shipyards, develop high-speed rail networks and restore aging public transit systems.

Audacity (aw – das – it – ee)

Audacity is defined as:

“Bold or insolent heedlessness of restraints, as of those imposed by prudence, propriety, or convention.  An act or instance of intrepidity or insolent heedlessness.”

Synonyms:  nerve, boldness, recklessness, rashness, intrepidity, dauntless, cheek, gall, presumption, chutzpah, impudence, effrontery

Can you use it in a sentence?

Some note the audacity of Barack Obama having written two autobiographies before he had really accomplished anything.  

Can you give me an example? 

Barack Obama writing TWO autobiographies before he had accomplished anything more than being elected to public office. 

Opinion (o – pin – yen)

Opinion is defined as:

“A belief or conclusion held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof”

Synonyms:  view, sentiment, feeling, belief, conviction, persuasion

What does Einstein think?

“Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.”

Can you use it in a sentence?

Reporters can express their opinions either by what they print or do not include in thier articles.

Can you give me an example?