Word of the Day – 28 Oct 2011 – Driver’s Seat


driver’s seat

 

PRONUNCIATION:
(DRY-vuhrz seet) 

 

MEANING:
noun: A position of power, control, or dominance.

 

ETYMOLOGY:
From the allusion to one driving a vehicle. Earliest documented use: 1923. Also see catbird seat.

 

USAGE:
“Other Democrats say the president must come up with an aggressive strategy to put himself back in the driver’s seat.”
Sheryl Stolberg and Helene Cooper; An Electoral Upheaval, but Few Signs of Change; The New York Times; Nov 17, 2010.

 

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs — jolted by every pebble in the road. -Henry Ward Beecher, preacher and writer (1813-1887) 

 

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