Last night I actually learned a phrase while watching football. During the New England vs. San Diego game, one of the announcers used the phrase “Pyrrhic Victory” to explain why it was not such a good idea for the San Diego Chargers to attempt a field goal on a fourth down, goal line situation at the beginning of the third quarter. Why? Well, they were down 24-0. With that score, three points is just a drop in the bucket while seven means you might actually have a chance at getting back in the game.
For the record, they went for it, and got the touchdown. Not that it actually mattered though.
On a side note, I’d really like to thank Google for inadvertently inventing the ‘common sense’ spell checker. How do you look up a word in a dictionary when you have no idea how to spell it? Google a phonetic, or somewhat phonetic version of the word and chances are you’ll find a result. I googled “puric victory” and got this delightful little page, which gave me the correct spelling. Interestingly enough, it describes the phrase as “a staple of every political analyst’s rhetorical arsenal.” I wonder why I’ve never learned this?