Word of the Week Wednesday: Pyrrhic Victory


The word of the week of this week is: Pyrrhic Victory

Once again the word of the week is actually a phrase.  A Pyrrhic Victory is success at too high a cost, with the implication that another such success would be disastrous.  It shares a feeling of futility with last week’s word: Quixotic.

The phrase comes from King Pyrrhus of Epirus, referring to his victories over the Romans during the Pyrrhic War.

Something about the juxtaposition of the opposites of failure and success makes this phrase interesting to me.  Also, I think the spelling is cool.

I promise that next week’s world will be less of a downer.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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