Jerry Brown's Word of the Day: Procrustean
|Jerry Brown, flashing the vocabulary...|
Countering a wordy question from a Time Magazine interlocutor, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee fired back an even wordier answer, highlighted by the GRE-level selection "Procrustean."
When I ask him if this sort of impatience with the self-perpetuating nature of bureaucracy is something that he has developed since serving as mayor of Oakland and attorney general, he responds; "You're trying to fit me into this procrustean notion that you have of me. You're trying to say that I've changed. Well, yes, people change. I've changed, but the ideas have been consistent. But I've learned, O.K.? Does that make you happy? I've learned."
For what it's worth, "procrustean" here essentially implies an effort by the reporter to pigeonhole Brown into conformity. Jerry's word of the day is derived from Greek mythology.
|Leave Jerry alone!|
Incidentally, "procrustean" wasn't the only Jerry moment in the Time story. The former resident of a Zen monestary offered this koan-like bit of wisdom: "If I say I've learned anything, then it means I didn't know anything before. If I say I didn't learn anything, then I'm not learning anything."
Well, we learned something: The definition of "procrustean."
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