wanly and slavering

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sat Dec 5 04:21:01 UTC 2009

At 12/4/2009 07:58 PM, victor steinbok wrote:
>Yet another update. From The New American, today:
>Distressingly for Republicans craving a return to conservatism on the
>part of party leadership, Cornyn all but ignored the shots Kaine took
>at those active in the Tea Party movement (Kaine actually called it
>the *"Tea Bag Party"*). He wanly disregarded the possibility that
>conservatives might hijack the GOP and surrender the middle ground to
>slavering Democrats just waiting to gobble up the meaty middle.
>OT: "wanly"? "slavering"? Certainly, neither word presents a problem,
>in general, but, it seems, they don't mean what Joe Wolverton II
>thinks they mean.

"Wanly" may not mean what was intended -- unless Cornyn was fearful
or sorrowful; but slavering seems OK -- "accompanied by the emission
of slaver": the Democrats would be watering at the mouth.


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