The note said the resident faculty are “diminutively disconsolate, meagerly mazarine, or sparsely suggestive.” It was an easy clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week, addisnana explained why Yard Signs Still Rule in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan asked What Is The EPA Doing About Climate Change in Our Earth.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive argued that Guns Aren’t the Problem; the NRA Is the Problem in Morning Feature, readers helped tell Tuesday’s Tale: A New Olympic Sport in Midday Matinee, and winterbanyan brought us More from the EPA in Our Earth.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive shared comments on Military Spending, Entitlement “Reform,” and Deficit Vultures in Morning Feature, the Squirrel ranted on Republicans and Narcissus in Furthermore!, and addisnana meditated on Lake Zen in Midday Matinee.

On Thursday, we began a series on Yves Smith’s ECONned with The Theory Behind the Great Recession in Morning Feature, HurrikanEagle reported on Christening the Ribbon of New Venerable Hall in Furthermore!, and triciawyse shared Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we continued the series on ECONned with Shadows of a Crash in Morning Feature and triciawyse brought us Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee.

On the weekend, we concluded the series on ECONned with Insuring Financial Stability in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked Another Day, Another Lie? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive offered Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

Note: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Thus we return to the note left outside the mail room by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum (“More wine, more truth”) to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. The note said they were “diminutively disconsolate, meagerly mazarine, or sparsely suggestive.”

The staff were pleased to see that the resident faculty were astutely alliterate, and that they remembered to feed the campus thesaurus. If you think the Squirrel gets grumpy when he misses a meal, imagine an omnivorous onomasticon rampaging across the campus. The prospect makes a merely maudlin noasaurus nugatory.

As the laden lexicon lay languorously lethargic, the staff could turn our attention to deciphering the resident faculty’s clue. The Squirrel powered up his Blewberry and tapped away for a few moments, then confirmed our conjecture that “diminutive,” “meager,” and “sparse” were synonyms for little, while “disconsolate,” “mazarine,” and “suggestive” were synonyms for blue.

He then entered {language words little blue} into the Official BPI Googlizationalizator and turned up The Little Blue Book: The Essential Guide to Thinking and Talking Democratic by George Lakoff and Elisabeth Wehling. He found this summary at their site, The Little Blue Blog:

Voters cast their ballots for what they believe is right, for the things that make moral sense. Yet Democrats have too often failed to use language linking their moral values with their policies.

The Little Blue Book demonstrates how to make that connection clearly and forcefully, with hands-on advice for discussing the most pressing issues of our Time: the economy, health care, women’s issues, energy and environmental policy, education, food policy, and more.

Dissecting the ways that extreme conservative positions have permeated political discourse, Lakoff and Wehling show how to fight back on moral grounds and in concrete terms. Revelatory, passionate, and deeply practical, The Little Blue Book will forever alter the way Democrats and progressives think and talk about politics.

The staff agreed that is what the resident faculty will discuss later this week, if the campus thesaurus persists peacefully plethoric.


Happy Monday!