Wednesday Word: Careen


verb ca·reen \kə-ˈrēn\

to go forward quickly without control

This is probably not a new word to you, but it is one that we just don’t use enough. I think most often of an out-of-control vehicle: The car careened off the road.

At my age, though, the ultimate careen was forever solidified in a few seconds of footage of ski jumpter Vinko Bogataj on the Wide World of Sports:

Week after week for years, American’s saw this as the “agony of defeat” as the show opened. Thank goodness, Vinko was okay, and lived a quiet life in his home country of Yugoslavia.

He careened down that hill. And probably careen a bit when he tried to walk away from it.  

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