I used to teach vocabulary, actually.

There seems to be a strange amount of debate in Washington this week about the meaning of the word "slog", prompted by Donald Rumsfeld's use of the word in a Pentagon memo. Apparently, many people aren't sure of the word's connotations, supposedly because few people use the word anymore. As it so happens, I am one of the few people who use that word on a regular basis, so I hereby offer an example sentence that should make the denotation and connotation of "slog" evident to everyone in the Pentagon:

"Charlie shot down our chopper, so now we have to slog through this quagmire on foot."

I hope this helps everyone in Washington.

Posted at 11:20:05 PM EDT on 25 October 2003 from Trenton, MI