Mordant: Bill O'Reilly's Word of the Day on Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor

Groucho Marx

"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it."  (Example of Mordant)
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it." (Example of Mordant)

You Are So Mordant Sometimes!

  • Bill O'Reilly's word of the day today was mordant, and several names came to mind, like Groucho Marx, who said: "Marry me, and I'll never look at another horse." Or even Joan Crawford, who made this statement: "Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell."
  • Mordant means to be witty and sarcastic, both at the same time. Like when you tell someone that you would like to close your eyes and imagine them with a personality. Ouch. Or, when you tell someone who is all dressed up that if they were going for a certain look, they missed. That hurts! But, darn it, it is so witty! And sarcastic! And mordant!
  • But I'm especially fond of the sarcastic wit of the guy known as "unknown." He has said some great stuff, like:
  • "Anyone who told you to be yourself couldn't have given you any worse advice."
  • "You can be whatever you want; however, in your case you should probably aim low."
  • Whoever he/she is, he/she needs to come forth and be recognized for being so "mordant."

Gene Shalit's Reviews Were So "Mordant"

  "Some films could only have been cast in one way: Screen tests were given and the losers got the parts. "
"Some films could only have been cast in one way: Screen tests were given and the losers got the parts. "

I Don't Always Fully Appreciate Mr. O'Reilly

But I would like to take this opportunity to share some examples of the word of the day that just irritate the devil out of me, and while doing it, I'll try to be as mordant as possible.

  • One thing that aggravates me is Bill O'Reilly, with his mordant line of questioning, when he is having one of his debates with two guests and tells one of them that he will give them the "last word." Ha! It doesn't matter what that last word is, O'Reilly manages to make a mordant comment about it and when the camera goes back to the guest who was supposed to have gotten in the last word, they are always shaking their head in disbelief. Can you work on that, Bill?
  • I would also like to say that I have personally solved the problem of trying to figure out what causes most divorces. They are ALL caused by marriage! Witty? Sarcastic? Mordant? I guess you should the definition figured out by now and can use the word of the day in a sentence without sounding utterly stupid.
  • The world, ladies and gentlemen, truly does need some more geniuses. There just aren't enough of us left. (And I say that in an attempt to be as "MORDANTish" as possible.

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Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Really interesting and informative blog. I'll be honest I'm not really a Bill O'Reilly fan, but I still really enjoyed reading this hub!

~Miss Lil' Atlanta

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