I receive a daily email from Merriam-Webster with their Word of the Day. A large percentage of the time, they send a word like “conundrum,” where I know the word and the definition. It is also common for me to receive a word I have heard before, but I need to become more familiar with its proper meaning. Seldom do I receive a word that I have never heard before, but it happened early last week. The word was “internecine.”
How timely as this word dropped in the same week as the display from congress! The party of the majority turned the speaker election into a circus with “internecine” infighting, and a handful of these so-called “leaders” nearly came to blows on the floor. Meanwhile, the party of the minority sat passively, reveling in the feud; all they needed was some popcorn to munch on. All the while, we all look like a clown-car scene before the rest of the world.