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Opening Arguments

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

remora (REM-er-uh), n. -- any of several fishes of the family Echeneididae, having on the top of the head a sucking disk by which they can attach themselves to sharks, turtles, ships, and other moving objects.

As defined, not a very interesting word. But I saw it used in a political context when a writer referred to "the Clinton campaign and its sundry remoras." It perfectly painted the picture of Hillary's silly little Scooby van and all the reporters running after it like (in Jon Stewart's words) "5-year-olds chasing an ice cream truck."