This weekend, I was perusing my dictionary. I know you can look words up online at the touch of your fingers, but something about turning pages and flipping through words feels good. Why heck, you could learn a word you would not have run into otherwise. Like this one:
roily – 1. turbid; muddy. 2. turbulent
So it was, while perusing the dictionary, that I felt the need to clarify a word. After seeing Sarah Palin’s new book on stands and witnessing a drunk person try to recite an entry from the book (a drunk person who then fell on my baritone horn and bent the bell), I decided to look up the word ‘rogue.’
I always assumed that rogue was akin to rebel or someone who didn’t follow the rules, but overall had good intentions. If you had asked me, that’s what I would have said, but my Random House Webster’s Dictionary said this:
rogue – 1. a dishonest person; scoundrel.
I thought that was curious, so I looked at the Merriam Webster Dictionary and it said, “1. vagrant, tramp 2. a dishonest or worthless person : scoundrel”
And to represent the online definitions, http://www.freedictionary.com stated, “1. An unprincipled, deceitful, and unreliable person; a scoundrel or rascal. 2. One who is playfully mischievous; a scamp. 3. A wandering beggar; a vagrant.”
I know that ‘going rogue,’ like an elephant means getting away from the herd and taking a different path, but looking at the other definitions, is that the best you could come up with?