pandemo (pandemo) wrote,


Another Gem of a WORD OF THE DAY from

inscrutable \in-SKROO-tuh-buhl\, adjective:
Difficult to fathom or understand; difficult to be explained or accounted for satisfactorily; obscure; incomprehensible; impenetrable.

US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright recalled the inscrutable comment of a French diplomat about the interaction of the various European organisations: "It will work in practice, yes. But will it work in theory?"
    -- Jonathan Fenby, France on the Brink

(Well, if it is an European post, I can hardly correct spelling to US standard, so ORGANIZATION will not prevail. Bet Jonathan's a perfectly well-educated Brit or some such.)

He delighted in keeping people guessing. His thought processes were eclectic, inscrutable and unpredictable.
    -- "Martin Mogridge", Times (London), March 17, 2000

A page of John Lennon's enigmatic lyrics for "I Am [the] Walrus," one of the Beatles' most inscrutable songs, was sold for £78,500 at auction in London yesterday.
    -- John Shaw, "Lennon lyric sells for £78,500", Times (London), October 1, 1999

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