The ‘Sarah Palin E-mail Controversy’ is sure being talked about and we would also have our share of the pie, vocabulary wise.
In brief the situation is something like this: news agencies and so on went after Palin’s mails when she was the Alaska Governor, there was a legal battle to get them released, and now they are finally in the open. Though some of these e-mails have been redacted before they have been released, that is they have been ‘revised’.
The dictionary definitions for Redacted are as follows:
1. To put into suitable literary form; revise; edit. (verb)
2. To draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.). (verb)
And this is not all, we can learn a couple of other things from the same paragraph:
One is the idiom ‘fly by the seat of your pants’, which means ‘to decide a course of action as you go along, using your own initiative and perceptions rather than a pre-determined plan or mechanical aids.’
This one came from aviation: read here.
The other word used here to describe the Palin Government is Rogue. Obviously it is a negative word and it means a dishonest person or a scoundrel.
Word in Context:
The following is an extract from The Guardian used for educational purposes: