It Takes Two to Collude

Have you ever seen two of your children huddled together and you know that they are plotting and planning and up to no good?  They are colluding on performing some sort of mischief.

Collude [kuh lood] is a verb that means to conspire.  Those two kids are definitely conspiring about something!  Collude also means to conspire especially in fraudulent ways. Say I want to get rich quick.  I come up with a scheme but I need a partner to help me carry out my plan.  I would find someone with whom I could collude (conspire). If I’m lucky, I scam people out of their hard earned dollars.  If I’m not, I land up in the state penitentiary.

Collude also means to act together through a secret understanding, especially with evil or harmful intent.  Doesn’t that sound like our congressmen of today?  They collude with their special interest groups.  The congressman creates a rider for a bill that gets passed in congress and then the special interest group gives kick back to the congressman in terms of votes, money, privileges, or perks.  That’s collusion in its finest form.

The mafia collude with their thugs for ways to collect money due to them.  Drug lords collude with underlings in a network to distribute and sale drugs.  Terrorist collude with subordinates to convince them to become suicide bombers.

Me?  I collude with my husband about warm, tropical places to visit in the winter time.  But, hey!  That’s not conspiring against anybody or anything — unless you talk to our kids who moan that they don’t get to go with us . . .

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Logy after a Long Day

When I was in the 5th grade, I collected marbles.  Or should I say I won them from playing unsuspecting boys who refused to believe how good I was.  (After one or two games, you would have thought they would learn that they couldn’t beat THIS girl!)  My favorite marbles were the bumble bee ones, black with swirls of yellow.  My next favorites were the crystals (one solid clear color) — especially red crystals.  Cat-eyes were too common to be of much worth to me.

Words are to me now as a grown-up as marbles were to me then as a nine-year old.  My bumble bee words are those that are new or unusual. Words that roll off my tongue with spunk.  Words like logy.

Logy [loh-gee] is an adjective that means lacking physical or mental energy or vitality; sluggish; dull; lethargic.  As I write this, it is chilly outside.  And dark.  It’s been a long day at work.  I don’t have any physical energy to do anything more constructive than to snuggle on the couch with my laptop.

On a hot summer day, the heat and humidity might make a person logy (lethargic).  A bear just coming out of hibernation might be logy (sluggish and dull).  After a hard game of playing football, the football players might be logy (lacking in vitality).

Writers may feel dull and therefore logy in their writing.  Grandparents may be logy when compared to a grandchild.  After running a marathon, the runners might feel very logy because their energy is all used up.

Whatever the cause of your logy-ness, I hope that your vim and vigor return after a restful (not restive) night’s sleep.

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