Mayor Bloomberg’s Big Gulp ban is right out.


Mayor Bloomberg’s big soda ban was invalidated today, just one day before it  was set to go into effect.  The judge who made the decision stated that the rule was “arbitrary and capricious.”  (The word “inconceivable” came to mind in hearing this explanation, which is a sure sign it’s time to look up word meanings — as I’m often wont to do.)

So let’s take a look…

ar·bi·trar·y  

Adjective
  1. Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
  2. (of power or a ruling body) Unrestrained and autocratic in the use of authority.
Synonyms
high-handed

Flickr/Usonian “Capricious”

ca·pri·cious  

Adjective
Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.
Synonyms
whimsical – wayward – fickle – freakish – crotchety

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Methinks his use of capricious was arbitrary.

Read the full NYT article here:

Judge Invalidates Bloomberg’s Ban on Sugary Drinks – NYTimes.com.

 

Five is right out.