Posted by: Boston Bravery | February 20, 2011

Words of the Week: Zugzwang and Paralepsis

Zugwang a situation in which a player is limited to moves that cost pieces or have a damaging positional effect.

Paralepsis suggesting by deliberately concise treatment that much of significance is omitted.

On Friday Rachel Maddow used paralepsis as the word of the day and the Republicans as a perfect example of paralepsis.

Nate Silver used the term Zugwang to describe what is currently going on Washington with the national budget for next year.  He said, “What differentiates the budgetary process from something like chess, however, is that it is not truly a zero-sum game. Even if politicians don’t give a rip about the effects that their actions would ultimately have upon the welfare of the country, they still have an interest in re-election. And in this regard, the interests of President Obama and the Republican Congress are not mutually exclusive.”

Where does this leave us?  The government is going to shut down next month and know one is really sure what happens next.



  1. as if!


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