There are certain expressions that consistently evade my comprehension, and the most elusive of these seems to be "a zero-sum game" -- a term whose definition I am always forced to look up whenever I encounter it.
The Free Dictionary defines zero-sum as: "Of or relating to a situation in which a gain is offset by an equal loss."
I am not saying that the term is necessarily pretentious and misleading (although I suspect that it probably is) but merely that I just cannot retain its somewhat frivolous-sounding connotation.
What brought on that micro-rantlet? It was a short essay I just finished reading a few minutes ago at the website, Science Fiction & Fantasy Novelists, a piece titled:Emasculation Not Required by Marie Brennan, published February 16, 2010.
I was going to express my opinion of her thoughts and elaborate a bit, adding my own feelings about the relative quality of the published writings of women as opposed to those of men.
But I really don't feel like writing anything this morning.
Don't feel like thinking this morning.
Don't feel very well.
Maybe tomorrow . . .