August 12, 2014
Don’t Hold Your Breath

Here’s the Attorney General, in theory the boss of an FBI which has never once found any of its own agents guilty in the deaths of the hundreds of people they have shot to death over the years, vowing to get to the bottom of the police murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri:

In Washington, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said Monday that the episode “deserves a fulsome review.” He added, “Aggressively pursuing investigations such as this is critical for preserving trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

Here’s the dictionary definition of fulsome:

Complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree: they are almost embarrassingly fulsome in their appreciation.

Posted by Jerome Doolittle at August 12, 2014 04:35 PM
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The problem is, one of the things the FBI needs to preserve is trust and cooperation between the FBI and local police departments.

Can you spell "Whitewash?"

Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank

Posted by: New York Crank on August 13, 2014 10:54 AM

Actually, like it or not, (and I don'), the alternate definition of fulsome, meaning "very full" has now gained such currency that the previous meaning of fulsome in common parlance has totally been retired. I have not heard the word fulsome used in its traditional sense in at least twenty years.

Posted by: on August 13, 2014 10:29 PM


And I was just going to take off on the plethora of Harvard, Yale and Oxford grads who didn't seem to get any education while attending.

You the man, J!

Posted by: Cirze on August 14, 2014 9:47 PM
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