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It Could Always Be Worse... If?

February 9th/10th, 2002 - 11:51 p.m.

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Military Parades Defile Often.

defile (v. dih-FYLE or DEE-fyle)

: to march off in a line

You probably know the defile that is a verb meaning to make unclean or impure, but did you also know that today's word is a verb that is entirely unrelated to the more familiar defile? The defile that means contaminate dates to the 14th century and is derived from the Old French verb defouler, meaning to trample on, mistreat. Today's featured word, on the other hand, arrived in English in the early 18th century. It's also from French, but it's derived from the verb defiler, formed by combining de- with filer (to move in a column). Defiler is also the source of the English noun defile, which means a narrow passage or gorge.

And now, onto my rant. I haven't ranted in awhile, so this came as a surprise and I should rant about it now. Whee. Rants are fun. What's up with "It could be worse" and "It could be better"? What kind of phrases are those? I mean, it could *always* be worse and it could *always* be better, so what kind of an indicator are those phrases supposed to be? I mean, you'd have to start some sort of indicator scale within the phrases to measure how bad or good your day is. Things like, "It could be worse, if someone dropped a nuclear bomb on me this instant" would be more severe than just "it could be worse, if I was evicted" and "it could be worse...if I suddenly broke my leg." So really, the phrase shouldn't be "it could be worse," but instead should be "It could be worse if..."

As for, "It could be better..." It could be better than what? It could be better if I won the lottery, it could be better if I had a car that worked, it could be better if I made more money, It could be better if that monkey would stop stalking me. These phrases need to be qualified people!

I probably had more to say about this but I really don't want to write any more here so I guess this will just have to do. And if you think it doesn't, well, it could always be better if you'd keep your opinion to your self. (Ummm...not really, but just go with it, okay?)

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