Yes, I get words of the day e-mailed to me – I’m that kind of person. So I just wanted to prepare everyone because you’ll likely be seeing a lot of today’s word, “drainchild” in future posts. From Alpha Dictionary/Dr. Goodword, a drainchild is:
An innovative idea that would be a brainchild except that it drains funds or other resources from where they could otherwise be useful or, as one wag put it, “a tiresome nagging brainless idea that sucks money out of a corporation”.
Substitute nation, city, or state for the word “corporation” in the above definition, and here’s an example of possible usage:
California is broke and Governor Moonbeam wants to raise taxes, yet somehow he believes there’s enough money for the state’s latest drainchild, high speed rail.
It’s a great word.