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Word Wednesday Fun: Quagmire

Quagmire! What a great word!

It’s such a great word that I didn’t bother with the Urban Dictionary this week owing to the wealth of information in Merriam-Webster, although there was one hilarious submission in the UB (as usual).

Used by President Obama in his State of the Union speech may have got tongues wagging? I bet he knew what it meant. I doubt whether Donald Trump knows even though he would be in a quagmire of his own making if he actually did shoot someone 🙂

Simple Definition

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  • : an area of soft, wet ground

  • : a situation that is hard to deal with or get out of : a situation that is full of problems

Full Definition

  1. 1:  soft miry land that shakes or yields under the foot

  2. 2:  a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position :  predicament

3 Comments

  1. Interesting how “quagmire” gets used by a colonial power when they enter “foreign soil” and then find the ground a wee bit unstable (not just metaphorically speaking). A quagmire–or its affiliate “bog” or “fen”–is darn helpful when it comes to guerrilla tactics.

  2. Always thought quagmire was a pretty cool word…as is clusterf@#k…both are very descriptive 🙂

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