Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Superior Person's Tuesday!

Boondoggle v. or n. To carry out valueless or extremely trivial work in order to convey the impression that one is busy. Work so carried out. A necessary technique for military circles, where the classic form is the day-long carrying around of a rubbish bin while the remainder of your platoon are out on maneuvers. On being questioned by an officer, a smart “Rubbish detail, sir!” satisfies the inquirer.

The office was full of boondoggling that day.

Each Tuesday, we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person’s Books of Words from the Godine website. Boondoggle appears in the First.

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