Mark Baisley

Creative vocabulary makes for inspired speech.And having the right word at hand is like having the right tool for the job.So my most worn and dog-eared reference book is a thesaurus.

As we close out the year, I will divert from political analysis and share my most recent collection of intriguing terms; a jog through jargon; the art of argot; the pleasance of parlance:

arrogate | 'ar??gat |


take or claim (something) for oneself without justification

Statists arrogate powers not enumerated in the Constitution.

perennial | p?'rene?l |


lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring

Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, Extortion 17, Rosengate, GSA partying, and Solyndra are floats on the administration’s perennial scandal parade.



dreamlike, psychedelic, kaleidoscopic, surreal, unreal, hallucinatory, fantastic, fantastical, chimerical

Susan Rice’s story that an obscure video caused the Benghazi attack was a phantasmagorical representation.

force majeure |?fôrs mä'ZH?r |


unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract.

The force majeure of truth has superseded promises to Americans that they can keep their current health care plans and doctors – period.

laconic | l?'känik |


(of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words

The White House Press Corps keeps hoping for a laconic reply from Jay Carney on any of the perennial scandals from the Obama Administration.

inveigh | in'va |


speak or write about (something) with great hostility

Sarah Palin is brutally inveighed for coming across as simultaneously unsophisticated and wise.

subterfuge | 's?bt?r?fyo?oj |


deceit used in order to achieve one's goal

Barack Obama, subterfuge.

mountebank | 'mounti?baNGk |


a person who deceives others, esp. in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan;a person who sold patent medicines in public places.

Barack Obama, mountebank.

limbic system | 'limbik |


Mark Baisley

Mark Baisley is a security and intelligence professional