A Supreme Court nomination is perhaps the least predictable event in political life. A president never knows when a justice might decide to give up his or her lifetime appointment. It did not happen in Jimmy Carter's four years or in the first term of President Bush.
(The Washington Post)
The Washington Post leads with an overview of the continuing health care battles in Congress as lawmakers appear ready to ignore President Obama's Aug. 7 deadline. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's announcement that his colleagues wouldn't be able to vote on legislation before the August recess confirmed the "growing consensus on Capitol Hill that the White House's fast-track approach has failed, and that a more plodding and contentious process has taken hold," reports the paper.
plod (WORK) Show phonetics
verb [I + adverb or preposition] -dd-
to work slowly and continuously, but without imagination, enthusiasm or interest:
For years, he's plodded away at the same dull routine job.
Alex is just plodding along at school, making very little progress.
plodder Show phonetics
Dennis is a bit of a plodder, but he gets the job done in the end.
plodding Show phonetics
━━ a. とぼとぼ歩く; こつこつ働く［努力する］.
a.Progressing in a slow, toilsome manner; characterized by laborious diligence; as, a plodding peddler; a plodding student; a man of plodding habits. --Plod·ding·ly, adv.
mediocre Show phonetics
not very good:
The film's plot is predictable and the acting is mediocre.
Parents don't want their children going to mediocre schools.
mediocrity Show phonetics
noun [C or U]
A goal just before half-time rescued the match from mediocrity.
These people are just mediocrities (= people who do not have much skill or ability at anything).
━━ n. 凡庸, 平凡（な人）.
談 a plodding mediocrity：兼談做為舌人，職責就是；遣辭用句，努力忠實以赴
「努力以赴」也有意思。參考昨日貼文：「關於美國大法官的自述」：（Cardozo's opinion of himself shows somewhat of the same flair as his opinions:）
In truth, I am nothing but a plodding mediocrity--please observe, a plodding mediocrity--for a mere mediocrity does not go very far, but a plodding one gets quite a distance. There is joy in that success, and a distinction can come from courage, fidelity and industry.
在真理的追求，我的才能也不過是認真的中器者（取「大器晚成」義）。不過請注意我的遣辭 a plodding mediocrity-- mediocrity只是"泛泛之輩"，我則是個終生「努力以赴」的凡人，所以成就雖然有限，可還是路遠知馬力。此「不凡」之成就，來自個人真誠無畏的努力， 聊可自賀。
to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience:
It's still not possible to accurately predict the occurrence of earthquakes.
[+ that] Who could have predicted that within ten years he'd be in charge of the whole company?
[+ to infinitive] The hurricane is predicted to reach the coast tomorrow morning.
[+ question word] No one can predict when the disease will strike again.
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1 Something which is predictable happens in a way or at a time which you know about before it happens:
Comets appear at predictable times.
NOTE: The opposite is unpredictable.
2 DISAPPROVING happening or behaving in a way that you expect and not unusual or interesting:
The ending to the film was just so predictable.
Predictably, after the initial media interest, the refugees now seem to have been forgotten.
the state of knowing what something is like, when something will happen, etc:
Although her job is boring and monotonous, she likes the sense of predictability and security that it gives her.
relating to the ability to predict:
The predictive value of this new method of analysis has still to be proven.