Monday, January 26, 2009

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Word of the Day for Monday, January 26, 2009

vacuous \VAK-yoo-uhs\, adjective:

1. showing no intelligence or thought
2. having no meaning or direction; empty

The Pennsylvania campaign, which produced yet another inconclusive result on Tuesday, was even meaner, more vacuous, more desperate, and more filled with pandering than the mean, vacuous, desperate, pander-filled contests that preceded it.
-- Don Frederick, LA Times
McCain's campaign has been mocking Obama on television and in speeches for weeks, attacking him personally as a vacuous celebrity.
-- Ben Smith, Denver Post, 2008-08-29

by 1561, from Latin vacuus "empty, void, free." Figurative sense of "empty of ideas" is from 1848.

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