myopia

1. a visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness. Also called short sight. 2. lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning


Part two of a three-word series based on a single sentence from Maureen Dowd’s recent editorial, “Christmas Eve of Destruction“:

[Rumsfeld's] disgraceful admission that his condolence letters to the families of soldiers killed in Iraq were signed by machine – “I have directed that in the future I sign each letter,” he said in a Strangelovian statement – is redolent of the myopia that has led to the dystopia.

I like how the first definition of myopia is literal and the second is figurative.

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  1. dave blanton says:

    Interesting that in the case the word myopic is in fact misused. If you chop the sentence down to “Rumseld’s disgraceful admission … is redolent of the myopia that has led to … ” it is clear the word is being used to modify his _admission_ of poor planning and foresight, not to the actual poor planning.
    Admitting a mistake of any kind could not be considered myopic even if the mistake was the direct result of myopia.

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