21 December 2014

Vocabulary

When I was learning the engineering-lite that comes with drafting and machine design a phrase that stuck but hard is "counter-intuitive".

I'm willing to bet that neither of my readers needs that explained to them, but just in case...

It's when the common sense or apparently logical conclusion is flat wrong.  In drafting that means that you have to do (spit) math to see the answer.

I found a related term that I think sums up so much liberal policy.

Meretricious.

Apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.  It's also, archaically, "of, relating to, or characteristic of a prostitute."

I think of meretricious every time I hear the term "media whore."

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