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Moil and Roister

From Jim Kunstler's most recent blog post:
 

"Poor Obama. On the global chessboard of fate, he's the powerless king facing down ranks of dark knights and implacable bishops. All he can do is sidestep their onslaughts. Even the pawns are beginning to moil and roister in the background."

moil

–verb (used without object)
1.
to work hard; drudge.
2.
to whirl or churn ceaselessly; twist; eddy.
–verb (used with object)
3.
Archaic . to wet or smear.
–noun
4.
hard work or drudgery.
5.
confusion, turmoil, or trouble.
6.
Glassmaking . a superfluous piece of glass formed during blowing and removed in the finishing operation.
7.
Mining . a short hand tool with a polygonal point, used for breaking or prying out rock.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English moillen  to make or get wet and muddy < Middle French moillier  < Vulgar Latin *molliāre,  derivative of Latin mollis  soft

roist·er

<a href="http://dictionary.reference.com/audio.html/lunaWAV/R03/R0364500" target="_blank"><img src="http://sp.dictionary.com/dictstatic/g/d/speaker.gif" border="0" alt="roister pronunciation" /></a> 
–verb (used without object)
1.
to act in a swaggering, boisterous, or uproarious manner.
2.
to revel noisily or without restraint.

Origin:
1545–55;  v. use of roister  (noun) < Middle French ru ( i ) stre  ruffian, boor, variant of ru ( i ) ste rustic

Comments

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surferelf
Apr. 1st, 2011 01:55 pm (UTC)
I find Kunstler's purple prose very entertaining. The essence of his column is the same every week, but I go back every Monday because I admire and enjoy the creative way he restates it.
peristaltor
Apr. 1st, 2011 08:13 pm (UTC)
Strangely, switch the first letters around to "roil" and "moister" and the resulting words almost prove synonymous.
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