Wednesday, March 09, 2016

de•us ex ma•chi•na -- The TBL Word of the Day.

Mitt Romney recently tried to play this deus ex machina role for the Republican Party's current trumpsterfuck of a primary season, but the GOP is going to need something a little more Zeus than machine to solve their Donald problem.

A hat tip to Episode 18 of the Folger Library's Shakespeare Unlimited podcast -- "Rarely Performed Shakespeare" -- which I was listening to at lunch time, and which discussed the deus ex machina of Jupiter descending on a eagle while throwing lightning bolts in Act 5 of Cymbeline.

Maybe Mitt should have channeled his inner Shakespearean Jupiter before dashing back to his beach house with the car elevators:
No more, you petty spirits of region low,
Offend our hearing; hush! How dare you ghosts
Accuse the thunderer, whose bolt, you know,
Sky-planted batters all rebelling coasts?

[The dictionary entry photographed above is from The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, Unabridged, 1987.]

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