boondoggle

1. an unnecessary or wasteful project or activity 2a. a braided leather cord worn as a decoration especially by Boy Scouts b. a cord of braided leather, fabric, or plastic strips made by a child as a project to keep busy


From a book I’m reading now called The Number: “Nonetheless, I regarded these trips as delightful boondoggles, days of wine and risotto.”

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2 Responses to boondoggle

  1. Dad says:

    Whenever I hear that word, I automatically think of the United States Congress. I wonder why?

  2. Karl says:

    Ha! I think of the same thing. Rather sad, really.

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