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I am seeking a particular word

 
 
patiodog
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 09:13 am
@gustavratzenhofer,
Oops. I just reported you. Wrong button.

Anyway...

Quote:
For several days now I have been seeking a word which, so far, has eluded me. The word I seek is commonly used in the political arena and basically means to formulate and optimize a plan in order to avoid a a complicated or unpleasant situation.


The closest thing I can think of is vetting -- to vet a nominee, to vet a bill.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 09:53 am
@patiodog,
Just because you're a vet.......
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boomerang
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 10:20 am
Subterfuge?
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High Seas
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 01:19 pm
@patiodog,
patiodog wrote:

.................
Quote:
......... to formulate and optimize a plan in order to avoid a a complicated or unpleasant situation.

.........-- to vet a nominee, to vet a bill.


Not vetting, and I doubt the word is "positioning". The only thing that covers it is "probably", but first we must see if Ratzenhofer would agree with this FAA safety expert:

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....you should be alert anytime the word “probably” pops into your head when flying. Probably means that you’ve done an informal assessment of the likelihood of an event occurring and have assigned a probability to it. ............. Would you play Russian roulette with a gun that had 100 chambers and just one bullet in it? I hope not.

https://www.faasafety.gov/files/notices/2009/Mar/FAASTeam_Safety_Tip_3.pdf

Or: for how much money WOULD you play the 100-to-1 Russian roulette bet? There's no right or wrong answer to this, it's a matter of individual risk preference. If it's OPM (other people's money) you may not worry so much, and if it's taxpayers' money you may not worry at all!

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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 04:07 pm
Maybe extricate, mitigate, or palliate?
LionTamerX
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 04:19 pm
@Brandon9000,
Hornswaggle ?
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Ragman
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 10:01 pm
@patiodog,
damage-control....nahhhh

How about ameliorate?
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talk72000
 
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Reply Sun 22 Mar, 2009 11:02 pm
Envision, foresight, ...
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dlowan
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 12:26 am
@gustavratzenhofer,
gustavratzenhofer wrote:

For several days now I have been seeking a word which, so far, has eluded me. The word I seek is commonly used in the political arena and basically means to formulate and optimize a plan in order to avoid a a complicated or unpleasant situation.

I am rather perturbed that this word escapes me. Please help.



Cover-up?

The Bush presidency?




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talk72000
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 04:43 am
plot, scheme, subterfuge, streamline, revise, review, summarize, ...
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dadpad
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 07:10 am
@gustavratzenhofer,
gustavratzenhofer wrote:

For several days now I have been seeking a word which, so far, has eluded me. The word I seek is commonly used in the political arena and basically means to formulate and optimize a plan in order to avoid a a complicated or unpleasant situation.

I am rather perturbed that this word escapes me. Please help.


Elect.

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wandeljw
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 08:52 am
"fail-safe" also describes the situation

(There have been many answers since Gus last posted. Maybe we should wait to hear from him. I have been losing sleep over this!)
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 12:00 pm
Sorry, Wandel, for your sleep loss. The word has yet to be discovered. I have just returned home from a brief outing and my plan, right now, is to go to bed and flip through the dictionary in hopes of stumbling across this cursed word. If I have any success I will report back immediately upon waking.
Reyn
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 04:20 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
gustavratzenhofer wrote:
[...] go to bed and flip through the dictionary in hopes of stumbling across this cursed word. If I have any success I will report back immediately upon waking.

Sleep reading? Confused
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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Mon 23 Mar, 2009 09:02 pm
http://blogs.thestate.com/bradwarthensblog/images/possum.jpg
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Sglass
 
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Reply Tue 24 Mar, 2009 12:27 am
@gustavratzenhofer,
me thinks that you are playing with us Gus. shame on you.
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gustavratzenhofer
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 08:17 pm
No, I am not, sglass. The fact that I have yet to figure out this word has been causing me great emotional distress. Rarely, if ever, do I fail to come up with a word in such a situation in a time of less than a day. This is going on far too long and I must now admit that I am suffering perhaps the beginning stages of acute memory loss.

parados
 
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Reply Wed 25 Mar, 2009 08:24 pm
@gustavratzenhofer,
Quote:
beginning stages of acute memory loss.


I think the word you are searching for is "Alzheimer's."
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