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At home and quite oblivious to what had just happened, and stopped me, Isa and Milly in our tracks, not to mention – but I will – poor Debbie, who fainted at the shocking sight, our Aunties were hooting with laughter at the radio after listening to the latest soap opera episode in the horse race campaign for the leadership of the Tory Party between Mr Bean and Goldilocks; it had been an unusually gritty, and strangely weird, interview with Goldilocks in which, asked what he did for relaxation, he eventually, after apparently falling asleep and

snoring loudly, began bumbling about painting "things" and "making model thingies, you know, buses," eventually confessed that he played at buses with large cardboard and wooden boxes, which he decorated himself, and the interviewer, TalkRadio's Ross Kempsell, seemed to find this admission more than a mite troubling coming from The Man Who Would Be PM!


(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for today, Tuesday, June 25, 2019, consists of:
  • horse race
  • a mite
  • gritty
  • Goldilocks, n.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

noun: 1. The treating of a contest, especially an election, as if a sport, focusing on polls, perceptions, etc., instead of substantive issues, such as policies. 2. A close contest.
  1. (informal) To a small extent; in a small amount; rather.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for June 25, 2019 is:

gritty • \GRIT-ee\  • adjective

1 : containing or resembling grit

2 : courageously persistent : plucky

3 : having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism


"Unlike a lot of natural deodorants that also use baking soda but have a gritty texture, this stick has a gel-like consistency that doesn’t aggravate tender underarm skin." — Kristine Gill, Real Simple, 7 May 2019

"[John] Singleton was nominated for two Oscars—Best Director and Best Original Screenplay—for Boyz n the Hood…. The gritty tale of gangs in South Central Los Angeles marked the acting debuts of Ice Cube and Morris Chestnut, and also starred Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne, Nia Long, Regina King and Angela Bassett." — Bruce Haring, Deadline, 20 Apr. 2019

Did you know?

Gritty comes from grit ("small hard granules"), which in turn derives, via Middle English, from an Old English word for "sand" or "gravel." Grit has been around since before the 12th century, but the first appearance of gritty in print in English was near the end of the 16th century, when it was used in the sense of "resembling or containing small hard granules." Grit entered American slang with the meaning "courage or persistence" in the early 19th century, and gritty followed suit with a corresponding "plucky" sense. By the 19th century’s end, gritty was also being used to describe a literary style that was rough and coarse.

OED Word of the Day: Goldilocks, n. Designating a situation, effect, etc., characterized as ideal, esp. in providing the most favourable balance between contrasting or opposing factors

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