Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Expediency

EXPEDIENCY, n.  The father of all the virtues.

2008 Update:  The backbone of a politician and the backside of a bureaucrat.

23 comments:

mireille said...

expediency: closest brother to pragmatism until straining circumstances cause a falling out. xoxo

quilly said...

EXPEDIENCY n. the mating call of an opportunist.

Indeterminacy said...

Can't beat your definition today.

TLP said...

Ambitiousness at its best/worst.

the amoeba said...

EXPEDIENCY, n. The velocity of one who has figured out where the profit is.

Speak not to me of bureaucrats. Especially not of the ones who pretend to labor for a certain nameless State and University in the Central Pacific Ocean. Take no job here unless your employer has your paycheck in his hand. To do otherwise is most definitely inexpedient.

jenn said...

I first read this as expiry. So clearly I shouldn't be defining today.

The Old Mule said...

expediency: a semantic jab created to confound purveyors of clarity and irresolute hackbacks bent on the simple twists of tongue.

Or, the Tao of PAC's.

Doug said...

Epimetheus and Prometheus, eh, Mireille?

Oh, and opportunists mate, don't they, Quill?

Indie, it's an inconvenient truth.

TLP, is that like ambition?

Amoeba, still? Perfidy!

Jenn, that's a good word.

Do what now, Mule?

Jamie Dawn said...

Expediency = On the Bandwagon

Currently, I am on the Speak Spanish bandwagon. I hired one of Courtney's Mexican friends to come converse with me in español for two hours each Tuesday afternoon. Expediency is urgency towards a goal. Hopefully, I will be bilingual one of these days.
Or trilingual, if you count Pig Latin.

I hope you have a goooood day!

Doug said...

¡Isay esay uedepay, Amiejay Awnday!

tsduff said...

"The most useful thing about a principle is that it can always be sacrificed to expediency."
W. Somerset Maugham

I don't know a thing about that word.

Jim said...

Expediency, a trait (I did not say a 'virtue') that I that I must be blessed with. Why?

Expediency, along with a desire for perfection in others, are the causes of my impatience.
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Tom & Icy said...

The faster I go, the behinder I get.

Minka said...

I got nothing. I checked teh dictionary and I still don't understand the word...I wish I was kidding.

actonbell said...

The law is simply expediency wearing a long white dress.
--Quentin Crisp, who I keep meaning to read. (Posthumously) It's an interesting quote from a Londoner who came out in 1930 and kept being arrested as a suspected prostitute. He wasn't. He was a civil servant.

actonbell said...

oops, that was partly inaccurate. Never mind, I'm drugged.

Cooper said...

expedient is the winner of the democratic primary in Ohio and apparently Texas.

Doug said...

Great quote, crow.

Jim, my father has the same virtue,

Icy, did Master Tom shave your butt again.

Actonbell, aome people should only be quoted by drugged bank tellers. Crisp might be one of them, I don't know.

Cooper, you have my sympathies.

weirsdo said...

Expediency: Excuse for inhumanity.

I like the Tsduff's Somerset Maugham quotation.

Indeterminacy said...

I can beat it today though ;-)

Expediency: letting Tuesday's post ride through Wednesday.

Minka said...

I guess I'll get my reply once I understand this word? Don't hold thy breath!

Doug said...

Weirsdo, inconvenience is what separates man and beast, temporarily.

Indie, I needed five minutes! But you got me.

Minka, that's how I feel about Heuristic. Apologies for missing you there.

Minka said...

I´ll think about it :)