Tuesday, March 04, 2008


EXPEDIENCY, n.  The father of all the virtues.

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


mireille said...

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

Anonymous said...

EXPEDIENCY n. the mating call of an opportunist.

Indeterminacy said...

Can't beat your definition today.

TLP said...

Ambitiousness at its best/worst.

Anonymous 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.

Anonymous 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 The Una 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 The Una 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.

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.

Cooper said...

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

Doug The Una 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.

Anonymous 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 The Una 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 :)