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Lesser of two evils

I don't know what it is about a major election year that somebody will always use the phrase as a manner matter of decision making. I don't like this phrase at all because it seems to have a rhetorical meaning. Where when it comes to decision making for the executive branch of government, only one candidate will win, so IMHO, the lesser of two can probably be interpreted as reducing the choice to one, and evil seems to be whom a citizen is addressing with this phrase. (ie. "Vote for 'the lesser of two, evils'")

I checked my dictionary and "evil" is first an adjective and then a noun. On-line, "evil" is a noun first. Oh, the changes that creep up without notice. In a sentence like: You are evil. isn't it the word evil that is being used as the object, hence a noun? To make it plural, though, one doesn't say: The evils dominate the masses. Go figure. I don't know why, but one thing is certain, despite hearing this catch phrase on the radio, it would probably receive grammatical corrections.

It's like the term run-down. If I don't see it in writing, I might deduce that it's spelled runned down. In these parts, I seem to hear double D's (and T's pronounced softly just as D's might replace TH) when I come across native Angelinos.

Them engines done been runned for the last time.

I recall when my friend replied to one of my letters and I came across the word "learnt" never having read it before. Imagine my embarrassment when I'm corrected from trying to correct my friend. I still replay that scene in my head as I tried explaining how to correctly spell "learned" AND "learnt" is mispelled. How lucky am I to have an Brittish English taught friendship?

A run-down greyhound sounds best if used to refer to a bus, but not a dog though they run a lot. Horses too. If a horse must be euthanatized as a result of a sustained injury on the track, it would be mistaken to speak in termed of that nobel creature being runned out. In fact, the beast of burden might take it wrongly if its investors heard it said that it was "run out". They'd probably prefer somebody say that it's runned out instead. Runned out does have a softer tone for referring to putting a horse out of it's misery. Same for lab rats, mice, monkeys and other defenseless creatures. Never mind that runts are considered the weakest product of a litter. There's no term I know of that describes expiration, and it gives the impression that people would rather treat something past it's glory as out of site and out of mind.

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